Bobby Jo Burkett, linked by authorities to the River Road Pharmacy fire, has been reindicted on unrelated drug charges, records state.
Burkett, 28, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of obtaining a controlled substance and one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, records state. Burkett initially only faced one count of obtaining a controlled substance.
Senior Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore said she discovered the additional accusation during an investigation.
Burkett, his mother Lillian Dion Burkett, 50, Michael Lowery, 30, and Misty Joiner, 29, face charges in connection with the Sept. 27, 2009, fire that gutted the pharmacy at 5100 River Road. Bobby Jo Burkett, Lowery and Joiner’s fire cases have not yet reached a grand jury.
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Lillian Burkett has been indicted on charges of first-degree arson, false report of a crime, false swearing, two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime and three counts of insurance fraud. Kayla Price, 22, has been indicted on a charge of insurance fraud.
Lillian Burkett and Price’s cases are scheduled for trial Monday. The prosecutor in those cases, Kristy Dugan, recently left her position for a job with the Mobile, Ala., District Attorney’s Office. Moore said it’s unlikely those cases will be tried next week.