One of the three accused went to court Wednesday. Another goes Thursday. The third is still out there somewhere. Check it out:
One of the men implicated by authorities in the River Road Pharmacy fire was given a $65,000 bond in Columbus Recorder’s Court on Wednesday.
Even if he made it, though, Bobby Jo Burkett wouldn’t be released.
Burkett, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson and second-degree criminal damage to property. Judge Michael Joyner gave Burkett the bond and bound the case over to Muscogee County Superior Court, records state.
Burkett, along with his mother, 49-year-old Lillian Dion Burkett, and Michael Lowery, 29, all of Columbus, are accused of setting fire the pharmacy at 5100 River Road on Sept. 27, Fire Marshal Thomas Streeter said at a Tuesday press conference.
Bobby Jo Burkett was arrested Friday on a weapons charge, records state. He’s also being held on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Alabama, meaning that if he made his bond in Georgia, he’d still be in custody, jail officials said.
Lillian Dion Burkett turned herself in to police at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, records show. She faces two counts of first-degree arson and one count each of second-degree criminal damage to property, battery with physical harm, no state insurance, no state tag and contempt of court, Muscogee County Jail records state.
She is scheduled for Recorder’s Court at 9 a.m. Thursday.