Lauderdale County Arson Charge

Back in January, authorities say this woman, Tabitha Blue of Collinsville, set fire to her home on Sharp Road. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office says that the firemen working the scene noticed this wasn't a typical accidental house fire, and the sheriff's office got their arson investigator on the case immediately.

"Based upon the evidence he gathered, he gathered he had enough probable cause to arrest the homeowner."

Blue was arrested and brought to the Lauderdale County jail on August Fourteenth, but she didn't stay there very long.

"She has been charged with one count of arson. Bond has been set at $10,000, and she is currently out of jail on that bond.

It took almost seven months to get an arrest in this case here on Sharp Road because arson cases are quite complicated.

"Arson fires are difficult crimes to prosecute. They take a good deal of time. This particular incident, our arson investigator, as well as the fire coordinator for the county worked together, as well as other officials.

Even though Calhoun says these types of crimes are some of the hardest to prosecute, he feels that they have enough evidence for a conviction, and they aren't wasting any time getting her to court.

"This case will be presented to the next available grand jury here in Lauderdale County."

If convicted, Blue faces between five and twenty years in prison.


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