A second person has been arrested and charged with arson in the first degree in connection with the April 28 torching of a murder suspect’s home on Mogul Road, police said.
Joseph Earl Moody, 18, of Macon, was being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center Tuesday after turning himself in, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release. He was also charged with a probation violation from State Court.
Jarraiun T. Ussery, 21, of Macon, was previously arrested and charged with arson in the first degree in the 2 a.m. fire at Clarence Stewart’s home.
The home was torched just hours after the shooting death of 19-year-old Ernest James III, according to the release. Stewart was charged with aggravated assault and felony murder in James’ death.
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Stewart is accused by police of shooting James in the head during an argument about trespassing on Stewart’s property about 2:15 p.m. April 27.
Firefighters reported seeing Ussery and another person running from behind the house when they arrived at about 2 a.m. April 28. Investigators found traces of ignitable liquids on Ussery’s hands, the news release stated.
Telegraph archives were used in this report.