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Affidavit brings new details about accused JAG arsonist

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - WTVM is learning new information about the woman charged with the arson of the Fort Benning JAG office and what she did in the hours before and after the crime.

Shawana Pierce faces anywhere from 5 to 20 years in prison.

Pierce made her second court appearance Thursday, pleading not guilty to her charges.

U.S. district attorneys say they have evidence linking her DNA to the crime scene.

Investigators say they actually found blood that matched her DNA on a red plastic gas container near the JAG office.

Pierce was also video-taped the day of the crime buying, reportedly, that same container from Walmart.

In addition, the night of the fire, Pierce's MySpace page was updated with the name "Firestarter."

The defense will also have to overcome witness testimony.

People in the neighborhood around the JAG office are on record saying they saw a black female matching Pierce's description walking through the area right before the fire, acting suspicious.

Pierce actually used to be a JAG employee; the indictment says she was under investigation for stealing office supplies from the building she is accused of burning down.

In addition to these arson charges, sources tell WTVM that Pierce may soon be indicted on obstruction of justice charges, for destroying evidence in that case of larceny against her.

Her trial is expected to take place within the next 70 days, and until then, she will be held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.

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