Homicide suspected in Thursday fatal fire

djournal-fire-stockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The deaths of two brothers whose bodies were found early Thursday in the debris of a house fire are being investigated as homicides.

The bodies of James Copeland, 66, and Jerry Copeland, 64, were discovered at their 912 Second St. home, after firefighters extinguished a fire that was reported about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, said Fire Chief Billy Briggs.

Det. Captain Ralph Dance said late Friday that the autopsy report on the two bodies led to the homicide investigation.

The police department was called after the bodies were discovered, and Dance said the cause of death would determine how the case will proceed.

The state fire marshal has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire, but they’re waiting for test results for a final determination, Briggs said.

“We were already looking at it as a suspicious fire,” Briggs said.