Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Fire and Brimstone Used to Commit Arson
In the midst of the Bible Belt, there is a new arsonist in town. In Chattanooga, Tennessee the Bible has for a long time been synonymous with fire and brimstone. But Richard McCoy has apparently taken it too far. McCoy is accused of setting several small fires in a Best Western Heritage Inn motel using pages from a Bible as kindling. Richard McCoy, 37, has been arrested on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism. McCoy allegedly disconnected a smoke alarm to delay detection. No one was injured as a result of the fire which caused about $5,000 in damage. Thursday, McCoy was judged mentally competent to stand trial. McCoy currently resides in the Hamilton County Jail.