LaFollette man indicted on arson, attempted murder charges

A joint investigation by special agent fire investigators with the TBI and the Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives has resulted in the indictment of a LaFollette man on attempted murder and arson charges.

Phillip Justin Williams (TBI photo)

According to a TBI press release, on December 29th, TBI agents joined the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at the request of DA Jared Effler in investigating a house fire that occurred on Magnolia Lane in LaFollette the previous day.

Agents and investigators determined the fire had been intentionally set. According to the agency, the investigation revealed that 34-year-old Phillip Justin Williams, the homeowner, was responsible for starting the fire. Further investigation revealed that prior to setting the fire, Williams also allegedly disabled the brakes on a vehicle driven by his estranged wife.

On Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Williams with one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of arson. Thursday afternoon, he was arrested and booked into the Campbell County Jail on bonds totaling $150,000.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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