THE MARION COUNTY, INDIANA, PROSECUTOR FILED 6 felony charges against a now-former Indianapolis police officer suspected of being involved in more than a dozen, perhaps as many as twenty arsons.
Jesse Russell, 31, first became a suspect in several fires after it was noticed that he was the first person to discover several fires in and near his patrol area. Investigators then attached a hidden GPS transmitter to his patrol car and were able to physically place him at the scene of more fires. At least three of the charges are for apartment fires that carry penalties of up to 20 yrs. in prison on each charge.
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The three-year officer resigned from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department after his arrest last week. Russell will appear in Superior Court today for an initial hearing.
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