Suspect in rural arson arrested

Sheriff's Office photo
Jerry Harden

A Martinez man was arrested today and charged with felony second-degree arson in a fall 2008 case in which a hunting cabin was burned in Burke County, according to the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner’s Office.

Jerry L. Harden, 39, of the 4300 block of Roswell Drive, Martinez, was arrested in Augusta and was being held in the Richmond County Detention Center pending his transfer to Burke County, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.

Three fires occurred between 6 p.m. Nov. 25, 2008, and 6 a.m. Nov. 26, 2008, at separate sites on Millhaven Plantation in Screven County and Wade Plantation in Burke County. Mr. Allen said the suspect was charged with one count of second-degree arson involving one of the cabins in Burke County, but added that other charges are pending.

The arrest was made by officers from Mr. Oxendine’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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