Former Tennessee Firefighter Indicted Again in Church Fire Case

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Roane County fire captain has been indicted for allegedly burning down a church on New Year's Day.

Glen Armes, 37, was indicted on charges of aggravated arson, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Roane County Sheriff David Haggard said Wednesday.

Armes was arrested after the fire that destroyed Scarborough Memorial Free Methodist Church, but most of the charges against him were dismissed last week by Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis W. Humphrey after a preliminary hearing.

Humphrey ruled the arresting officer did not have probable cause to take Armes into custody after the blaze, which invalidated the evidence against Arms that included an alleged confession.

Armes was freed on bond was arrested again at the direction of Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey.

Armes's attorney, Mike Ritter, said Wednesday that he could not think of any reason to have kept Armes behind bars after he posted bond.

''I know of no authority that the assistant DA has to tell the sheriff to go and arrest someone,'' Ritter said.

Neither Harvey nor District Attorney General Scott McCluen could be reached for comment.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel

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