Murder suspect's daughter becomes a victim of arson

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - According to Columbus Fire Marshal Chief Thomas Streeter, fire investigators are trying to find out who intentionally set fire to a home at 5704 Tappan Street on Columbus' east side.

Streeter tells News Leader 9 the fire was set at approximately 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

While investigating the blaze, it was discovered that the victim, Stephanie Smith, who was not at home at the time of the fire is the daughter of a woman accused of stabbing a Columbus man to death.

Fifty-year-old  Cynthia Sanders reportedly got into an altercation with 33-year-old Calvin Jones at a house on School House Drive Monday.

According to reports, Jones grabbed Cynthia Sanders' arm and threw a table lamp at her.
That's when she says she went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed Jones in the chest, killing him.
During the course of interviews, it was said that Stephanie Smith dated Calvin Jones.

Police do not know if there is a direct tie to stabbing-death of Calvin Jones and the burning of Smith's house. They would only say they are continuing to investigate the arson.

Cynthia Sanders is scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court  Friday at 9:00 a.m. for the stabbing-death of Calvin Jones.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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