Edna man faces arson charges in Jackson County

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

July 24, 2014 at 2:24 a.m.
Updated July 25, 2014 at 2:25 a.m.

A 54-year-old man who officials say set fire to a washing machine will be headed to court later this month in Jackson County.

Justin Pulliam faces one count of arson of a habitation and one count of arson of a building, first and second-degree felonies, respectively.

He is expected to have a plea hearing July 31.

If his attorney and District Attorney Bobby Bell cannot work out a plea agreement, a trial date will be set, according to the district clerk's office.

Bell declined to comment about the case until it is resolved.

Pulliam was arrested after a fire broke out the morning of April 4 at the Vanderbilt Apartments, 704 W. Division St. in Edna.

Police officers questioned witnesses at the scene, who directed them to Pulliam, said Buster Chase, the Edna fire marshal.

"He was not aware of what was going on, but he did know what he was doing. Let's just put it that way," Chase said.

The fire started after Pulliam put several combustible materials into a washing machine and lit it, Chase said.

"We were fortunate. The Sheetrock helped contain the fire to the laundry room," he said.

The fire was reported at 7:49 a.m., and firefighters extinguished it within 32 minutes.

Pulliam lived at the complex, Chase said.

Pulliam's attorney David Disher, of Schulenburg, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Pulliam was being held in the Jackson County Jail on Thursday on a $7,000 bond.

The state is seeking to enhance his possible punishment, too, because he was convicted of aggravated battery in Florida in 2007, according to the indictment.



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