Columbus couple behind bars on arson charges

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –  News Leader 9 has learned a couple has been arrested on arson charges.

Fifty-four-year-old James Cureton and his wife 26-year-old Jennifer Cureton were arrested Tuesday by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department.

The duo are accused of setting fire to James Cureton's mother's house located at 743 Moore Road during the early part of 2010.  According to Major Randy Robertson of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, Cureton's mother was not at home at the time of the fire.

Columbus Fire Marshal Chief Thomas Streeter tells us an ignitable liquid was found at the scene. Materials from the scene were sent off to a crime lab and tested positive for an ignitable fluid.

The Sheriff's Office assisted Columbus arson investigators with the arrest. We are told the Cureton's are currently being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail and an arraignment is pending.

Officials also tell News Leader 9 more arrests may be pending.  Due to a pending trial, a motive is not being disclosed.

James Cureton owns Buckhead Taxidermy & Meat located at 978 54th Street in Columbus. According to Chief Streeter, he was sentenced under the First Offender's Act in the late 90's for arson.

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