Auburn man charged in series of church fires

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk says a fourth Auburn resident has been charged in connection with three February church fires in Lee and Chambers counties.

Paulk announced says 20-year-old Phillip Joel Chapman was arrested Monday night and was charged on Tuesday with arson and burglary.

The charges are related to fires at Liberty CME Church and the Union Hill CME Church in the Oak Bowery community in Chambers County, and the Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church near Salem in Lee County.

Chapman is being held in the Lee County Detention Facility.

The three people arrested previously in the case are Christopher Michael Ware, Taylor Hensley Jennings and Cody Lauren Jasper.

Each is charged with arson and burglary.

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