Misty Joiner, wanted in connection with pharmacy fire, turns self in

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 2, 2010 

Misty Joiner, the fourth suspect wanted in connection with the River Road Pharmacy fire, turned herself in on Thursday.

Officials with Columbus Fire & EMS said they issued arrest warrants for Joiner, 29, on Monday in connection with the Sept. 27 fire that destroyed the building at 5100 River Road. Her attorney, Michael Garner, said he went with Joiner on Thursday to the Columbus Public Safety Building to turn her in.

Joiner is charged with first-degree arson, second-degree criminal damage to property and falsifying documents.

Garner said on Tuesday that he wanted a bond set for his client before she turned herself in, which is why she waited until Thursday to appear before police. The attorney said his client has bonds totalling $26,750.

Authorities said in March that they’d issued warrants for Bobby Jo Burkett, 27, his mother, Lillian Burkett, 50, and Michael Lowery, 30, in connection with the blaze.

Lillian Burkett has since made bond. Lowery had his probation revoked and he is currently serving a year at the Muscogee County Prison. Bobby Jo Burkett was given bonds for his charges on Aug. 19.

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