The Richmond Register

September 28, 2013

Grand jury indicts man in Virginia Street arson case

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Madison County grand jury has indicted a Virginia Avenue man on two charges of second-degree arson in connection with a July blaze at a home on the same street.

Mark R. Bush, 34, also was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender, which bumps the Class B felonies up to Class A. This highest-level felony class carries a possible sentence of 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

The first fire at 102 Virginia Avenue was reported at 1:55 a.m. July 23, according to Richmond Fire Department Chief Buzzy Campbell. That fire destroyed most of the rear of the building.

Firefighters responded to the second fire at 2 a.m. the following day. The second fire destroyed the front part of the house.

During a follow-up investigation, detectives with the Richmond Police Department identified Bush as a suspect in both fires. The RPD did not provide additional information about Bush’s connection to the suspected arson incidents.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday were:

• Tamara N. McQueen, 27, first-degree promoting contraband, theft by unlawful taking (under $500), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and third degree possession of a controlled substance

• Jerri R. Lakes, 26, second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception (under $500) and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Kenna Rae Agee, 29, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and theft by deception.

• Timothy L. Poynter, 38, two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

• Shelby B. Noe, 53, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and aggravated operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

• Kayla B. Neeley, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree promoting contraband.

• Clifton B. Wilson, 36, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

• Angela D. Gentry, 37, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Christopher L. Mullikin, 32, and Colen Wilburn, 36, manufacturing methamphetamine. Mullikin also was indicted on three charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Colen Wilburn, 36, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and two counts of theft by deception.

• David A. Carrier Jr., 38, first-degree bail jumping.

• Betty Eli King, 53, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain insurance, controlled substance prescription not in original container, reckless driving, failure to wear seat belts and no/expired registration plates.

• Christopher T. Brassfield, 20, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and illegal possession of a legend drug.

• Michael W. Hafley, 36, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Misdemeanor indictment

• D’Anthony Chambers, 21, and Jeremy Roberts, 26, fourth-degree assault.

Cases referred to district court

• Shelby B. Noe Jr., 53

• Kelly D. Thompson, 41

• Chad A. Parks, 38.

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.