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Arson suspect Huggins denied bond

Connie Dale Huggins appeared in court Friday before chief magistrate Karen R. Jackson for a first appearance hearing on nine counts of first degree arson. She is charged in a rash of house and vehicle fires along Atlanta Street in Barnesville. Huggins initially balked at entering the courtroom after seeing still and video cameras trained on her. She kept her head down and answered ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am’ to Judge Jackson’s questions. She is charged with setting structure fires at 302, 226, 148, 225, 236 and 237 Atlanta Street. She is charged with vehicle arsons at 327 and 237 Atlanta Street and at 204 Olivia Lane. The vehicles torched included a 2007 BMW, 1995 Olds Cutlass and 1994 Mitsubishi Montero. In denying bond, Judge Jackson told Huggins, “You pose a significant threat to Lamar County and the safety of its citizens.” For full coverage of Huggins’ arrest and hearing, see the 3.15.16 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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