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Pinetta resident in Valdosta court

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Cody Allen Cooper, of Pinetta, has quite the record set against him.

Cooper was charged with Arson in the First Degree in Valdosta after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a home on Camellia Dr. in Valdosta on Aug. 10 of 2015.

According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), deputies and fire personnel were called to the residence around 6 p.m. and first responders extinguished the fire before discovering various points of origin that had been caused by multiple Molotov cocktail bombs, that had been thrown into the home.

Investigators from the LCSO were called in and began the investigation that ultimately identified three people as suspects.

On Aug. 13 of 2015, those persons, Daniel Graham, Elizabeth Cooper and Cody Cooper were all arrested with arson charges.

Both Elizabeth Cooper and Cody Cooper were Pinetta residents; Graham was a resident of Valdosta.

Both Coopers were arrested, sent to the Madison County Jail and were given extradition to Lowndes County.

However, on Thursday, Sept. 24 of 2015, Cody Cooper was granted bond, and he was released from custody.

Days later, on Sunday, Sept. 27 of 2015, Cooper was driving down Bellville Rd. in Madison County around 1 p.m.  Accompanying Cooper was a five-year-old passenger.

Cooper, reportedly, failed to maintain his lane while going around a curve and struck a van that was being driven in the oncoming lane by 55-year-old Madison County resident Edward Vickers.

Vickers was driving while accompanied by his mother, Margaret Ruth Walker, 77, of Pinetta.

Vicker’s attempted to take evasive action in order to avoid collision, but was unable to do so, and the right front of Cooper’s 1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max struck the right front of Vicker’s 2013 Honda Odyssey.

Both vehicles rotated counterclockwise before Vickers came to a final rest on the north shoulder while facing in a southeasterly direction and Cooper’s vehicle came to rest in the middle of the road, also facing a southeasterly direction.

Cooper and his young passenger were transported to South Georgia Medical Center, both being reported by the Florida Highway Patrol as having serious injuries.

Vickers was transported to Madison County Memorial Hospital with serious injures.

His mother, Margaret Ruth Walker, was also transported to MCMH, however, she was later pronounced deceased due to the injuries she sustained during the collision.

Now, Cooper is again in the court system, as he recently was brought before a Lowndes County judge in regards to being charged with Arson in the First Degree.

No trial date has yet been set for Cooper, but upon further news, Greene Publishing, Inc. will keep readers up to date on the current developments of Cooper’s trial and sentence.

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