Federal fire suspect to seek evaluation

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Douglas Graves Rutherford of Ripley asked Wednesday for a mental evaluation related to charges that he set fire to the Holly Springs National Forest in February.
Rutherford, 53, appeared before Magistrate S. Allan Alexander. Minutes of the hearing show his public defender attorney will ask for a competency evaluation and he will be held in the Lafayette County Detention Center until treatment is completed.
Rutherford is charged with setting a fire Feb. 7 “to destroy in whole or in part” 2.3 acres of the national forest.
If convicted, he faces from five to 20 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine or both.