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Fourth suspect in pharmacy arson turns self in

Misty Joiner turned herself in Thursday morning. News Leader 9 has exclusive video of her arriving in handcuffs. (Source: Taylor Barnhill) Misty Joiner turned herself in Thursday morning. News Leader 9 has exclusive video of her arriving in handcuffs. (Source: Taylor Barnhill)
29-year-old Misty Joiner (Source: Columbus Police Department) 29-year-old Misty Joiner (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The fourth arson suspect in last year's River Road Pharmacy fire is out on bond after turning herself in Thursday.

News Leader 9 was the only news crew on the scene when Misty Joiner walked into the Columbus Police Department and turned herself in around 11:00 a.m.

A warrant was issued for her arrest Monday in reference to the devastating fire at River Road Pharmacy.

Attorney Michael Garner says his client, Misty Joiner, was aware there was a warrant out for her arrest, she just needed to tie up some loose ends before turning herself in to police, "We couldn't get a bond set until about 10:30 Thursday morning and after getting the bond set, we turned her into the jail about ten minutes after getting the bond set."

That bond equals $26,250 for allegedly helping three others in setting fire to the River Road Pharmacy in September 2009.

Garner told News Leader 9, "We found out Monday that warrants were issued for her for the three charges: arson, criminal damage to property and falsifying documents."

Garner says his next step is to demand the witnesses and evidence the state has in the case, to be presented to him and his client, "We had a preliminary hearing for Bobby Joe Burkett, and had a preliminary hearing for Michael Lowery and at that hearing the state refused to give any information."

As for the owners of River Road Pharmacy, the store has recently been re-built and reopened to the public, and for them, this is a step closer to finding out the truth.

Joiner had a Recorder's Court appearance scheduled for Friday morning at 9:00, but since she has bonded out of jail, that hearing will not be held.

News Leader 9 will keep you updated as this story moves forward.

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