Two Pinetta residents and a Valdosta, Ga. resident were charged with arson in the first degree in Valdosta, Ga. after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a home on Camellia Drive South in Valdosta, Ga. on Monday, August 10. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office reported on Monday, August 10, around 6 p.m., deputies were called to a Camellia Drive South address along with personnel from Lowndes County Fire Rescue. The first responders extinguished the fire and discovered multiple points of origin that had been caused by multiple Molotov cocktails that had been thrown at the home. Only minor damage was sustained as a result of the attack. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office were notified and immediately began an investigation. During that investigation three people were identified as suspects. On Thursday, August 13 those persons, Daniel Graham, Elizabeth Cooper and Cody Cooper were arrested and charged with arson in the first degree.
Elizabeth Cooper and Cody Cooper are residents of Pinetta, Fl. Daniel Graham is a resident of Valdosta, Ga. Daniel Graham is in the Lowndes County Jail and appeared for an arraignment in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court where a bond was not set. Elizabeth Cooper and Cody Cooper were arrested in Madison County and are in the Madison County Jail awaiting extradition back to Lowndes County. Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine stated he is "glad this potentially tragic attack on the victim's home did not result in the loss of life or extensive damage to the victim's property." This investigation is ongoing as investigators continue to follow up leads and identify a clear motive. Additional charges will most likely be filed in the near future especially related to the use of a destructive device, in this case the Molotov cocktails. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (229) 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at (229) 671-2985 or email at www.lowndessheriff.com.
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1. Cody Cooper
2. Elizabeth Cooper
3. Daniel Graham