Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 7, 2013

Attempted murder charges issued in Hinton fires

HINTON —  A Hinton man faces attempted murder charges stemming from fires that destroyed five apartment buildings and a house.

Media outlets report that the Summers County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Billy Joe Gill on two counts of attempted murder and two-counts of first-degree arson.

The grand jury handed up the indictments Wednesday.

Gill is accused of setting a fire at a two story house in Hinton around 1:25 a.m. on Feb. 26. A second fire about 30 minutes later leveled the downtown apartment buildings known as Brick Row.

The fires displaced about 30 people. No injuries were reported.

Gill is being held on $200,000 bond in the Southern Regional Jail.

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