Razor blade suspects plead not guilty to arson

21-year-old Derek Fullum (Source: Columbus Police Department)
21-year-old Derek Fullum (Source: Columbus Police Department)
18-year-old Gary Bryan (Source: Columbus Police Department)
18-year-old Gary Bryan (Source: Columbus Police Department)

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The two men connected to a razor blade scare at Lakebottom Park in Columbus have both pleaded not guilty to arson and conspiracy charges.

In court Friday morning, it was revealed 21-year-old Derek Fullum and 18-year-old Gary Bryan allegedly started a fire at a vacant home located at 1429 17th Street on April 9, 2010.  

Investigators say after they set the vacant home on fire, they set a dumpster on 16th street on fire with left over accelerant.

[Read: Suspects in razor blade scare also admit to arsons]

The duo and another man, 19-year-old Chad Adams, were connected this week to a church fire that occurred five months ago in Phenix City.

Investigators say the trio broke in the Garner Chapel CME Church located at 10 Old Opelika Road on April 17 and started a fire inside the building.

We are told they were able to make the connection after new finger print evidence surfaced this week.

The three men each face charges of arson and burglary in that case.

[Read: Razor blade suspects, one other linked to church arson]

Friday morning, a Muscogee County judge bound the case over to Superior Court. 

Earlier this week Fullum and Bryan were arrested for allegedly placing 9 box cutter-type blades with duct tape to steps and handles of playground equipment at Lakebottom Park.

The blades were later found by a mother just as her child was about to play on the fixtures.

[Read: Razors were placed at Lakebottom Park to cause harm]

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