Contact: Steve Holmes
(334) 241-4166


A joint investigation by Russellville Police and Fire Departments and the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office has resulted in the arrest of a Russellville man for Arson and Attempted Murder. The fire occurred Thursday (5/29) on East Lauderdale Street in Russellville and was determined to have been intentionally set. At the time of the blaze, eight people were inside the residence including four children between the ages of 1 and 18.  Investigators Friday (5/30) arrested 50 year old Jeffery DeWayne Baker, an across the street neighbor of the burned residence. Baker has subsequently been charged with eight counts of Attempted Murder and Arson First Degree. He's being held in the Franklin County Jail under a $750,000 Bond.