UPDATE: Russellville Man Faces 8 Counts of Attempted Murder

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Jeffrey Dewayne Baker

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Franklin County man is locked for arson and facing several counts of attempted murder.

The scorched metal siding on the western side of a home on Lauderdale Street in Russellville is evidence of what investigators are calling an attempt to burn down the house after a verbal argument between neighbors.

Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said the residents called for help just before 10 Thursday night.

“They were saying there was a neighbor, pointing to him, saying he was the one that started the fire,” stated Hargett.

The man police say the residents were pointing at was 50-year-old Jeremy DeWayne Baker.

Questioned and taken into custody at the scene, Baker has since been charged with arson and 8-counts of attempted murder.

Hargett said that’s one count for each person who was in the home, ranging from a one year old to adults.

“The information that we have, is that he took a couch cushion cut the foam out of it, took it over there then lite it in two different places on the house,” explained Hargett.

The residents were able to extinguish the fire after spotting it through a window.

According to Chief Hargett, Baker was intoxicated at the time police got to the scene on Thursday night.

Jeremy Dewayne Baker is being held in the Franklin County Jail on bail totaling $750,000.

Authorities said the residents of the home were not injured by the fire, and the home received minor damage.

The Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to assist in the investigation.


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