AUBURN, AL - A fourth Auburn resident has been charged in connection with three February church fires in Lee and Chambers counties, State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk announced Tuesday.
Phillip Joel Chapman, 20, a resident of East Glenn Avenue in Auburn, was arrested Monday night and formally charged today on arson and burglary charges. He was charged in relation to the fires at Liberty CME Church and the Union Hill CME Church in the Oak Bowery community in Chambers County, and the Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church near Salem in Lee County. Investigators believe the fires occurred on a single night in mid-February. Chapman is being held in the Lee County Detention Facility.
"No other arrests are expected," Paulk said. "We think we have found those responsible. It is a testament to the teamwork of the local fire departments, the Sheriff's Offices of Chambers and Lee Counties, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Auburn Police Department, and the Alabama State Marshals Office."
Those previously arrested in connection to the case are two males and a female. The males are Christopher Michael Ware, who lives on Cottage Lane in Auburn, and Taylor Hensley Jennings, who lives on Lee County Road 12. The female is Cody Lauren Jasper, who lives on East Magnolia Avenue. They have all been charged with two counts of second-degree arson and third-degree burglary in Chambers County, and one count of both charges in Lee County. They are being held in the Chambers County jail.