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Man charged with burning son's house


The Associated Press


MERIDIAN -- The father of a Lauderdale County Sheriff's deputy is charged with arson in a March 12 fire that destroyed his son's house. 


Sheriff Billy Sollie says Deputy Jason Wiggins and his family were out of town when the fire broke out, but his patrol car was at the house in the Russell community. 


Sollie says his office asked state investigators to handle the case. Sollie says the investigation resulted in the indictment of 50-year-old James William Wiggins. The elder Wiggins was arrested Thursday and released on his own recognizance. 


The sheriff says the state fire marshal's office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will move forward with prosecution. 


An online directory did not show a Lauderdale County listing for James Wiggins. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.




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