UPDATE: Firefighter suspected of arson charged in Lee County

TUPELO – Five additional charges in connection with a string of alleged arsons were added to accused murderer and arsonist William Cody Lambert.
Lambert, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter for both Cedar Hill and Guntown Volunteer Fire Departments, was charged Saturday with murder and two counts of arson after two house fires were reported in the Alpine community in eastern Union County. An 88-year-old woman was killed in one of the fires allegedly set by Lambert.
Wednesday, a bond of $5 million was set for Lambert in Lee County Justice Court on five counts of arson that took place in Lee County. At Lambert’s initial court appearance on Tuesday in Union County, bond was set at $100,000 for each of the arson charges. Bond was denied for the murder charge, said Union County Sheriff Tommy Wilhite.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said Lambert is accused of setting fires to three occupied homes, St. Thomas Catholic Church in Saltillo and some hay and farm equipment over the past few months.
“This is a very serious crime because the homes were occupied,” said Johnson. “People had to rush out of their homes or be burned to death. I have no idea why the suspect would do this to these people because there is no evidence that he had any prior relationship with them.”

Read more in the NEMS Daily Journal Thursday.

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