SBI reopens Mitchell County jail fire...

SBI reopens Mitchell County jail fire probe

There are 40 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 12, 2009, titled SBI reopens Mitchell County jail fire probe. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

BAKERSVILLE The State Bureau of Investigation has reopened a criminal probe into the 2002 Mitchell County jail fire that claimed the lives of eight inmates with new evidence that another prisoner set the blaze.

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Just sayin

Asheville, NC

#1 Mar 12, 2009
WLOS actually scooped the heck out of you on this. Good on them.
jim

Sherrills Ford, NC

#2 Mar 12, 2009
Did Jesse Davis and his wife die in the fire?
jim

Sherrills Ford, NC

#3 Mar 12, 2009
jim wrote:
Did Jesse Davis and his wife die in the fire?
Nevermind... I found a victim list here:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html... #

Ms. Davis should be charged with murder as well as Ms. Robinson
hikerusa

Mills River, NC

#4 Mar 12, 2009
May they suffer the same fate... and be playmates in prison..
Jen Hooper

Eddyville, KY

#5 Mar 12, 2009
There are appeared to be two very different slants on coverage of this story. AC-T suggests Robinson was behind it. WLOS suggests Robinson, now Buchanan, was not behind it. Am I the only one who got that impression?
big meat

United States

#6 Mar 12, 2009
who needs fingernail polish remover in jail retired correctional officer here
KDP

Huntingdon, TN

#7 Mar 12, 2009
Thanks jim, I was wondering the same thing. Hmm...Karma?
I don't know what I want worse - for her to pay the state back every cent of that $70K, PLUS interest...or for them to rot in jail for a very long time. What's 8 counts of manslaughter run these days?(I'm pessimistic, I can't see them managing to get stuck for murder over this).
bluedog

Wilmington, DE

#8 Mar 12, 2009
Charu Kumarhia actually broke this story.
Wally

Monroe, NC

#9 Mar 12, 2009
The state's motion reports what two EMT's had to say about Melissa's admissions to them in the back of the ambulance the night of the fire. What's crazy is that the SBI interviewed the EMT's and were told this back in 2002. The depositions in the families' lawsuit against the state only duplicated what the SBI has already known for years. Also, don't forget that Denise Davis received cash settlements from BOTH Mitchell County and the state, and her lawyer from Alabama was the one leading the charge in the press blaming everyone else for the fire.
local

Sherrills Ford, NC

#10 Mar 12, 2009
big meat wrote:
who needs fingernail polish remover in jail retired correctional officer here
Maybe you need to go back and read the article again. A trustee let someone into the jail. That person likely brought the polish remover with her.
jim

Sherrills Ford, NC

#11 Mar 12, 2009
KDP wrote:
Thanks jim, I was wondering the same thing. Hmm...Karma?
I don't know what I want worse - for her to pay the state back every cent of that $70K, PLUS interest...or for them to rot in jail for a very long time. What's 8 counts of manslaughter run these days?(I'm pessimistic, I can't see them managing to get stuck for murder over this).
I may be mistaken but if you are committing a felony (arson) and someone dies as a result of your actions (whether you meant to kill them or not) you can be charged with 1st degree murder.

If they charge her, I don't see her getting off with manslaughter unless there's a plea deal.
PERPLEXED

Princeton Junction, NJ

#12 Mar 12, 2009
So let me get this straight:

1. The SBI interviewed all those people in an effort to find someone to blame. The SBI said that they couldn't rule out an accident, and that there was not sufficient evidence to bring CRIMINAL charges against anyone. In other words, even if someone did it, there was not enough proof to convict them.

2. Survivors of the fire, including Melissa, filed lawsuits against the state for failing to properly inspect the jail and make them (the County/Sheriff's Office) uphold adequate safety standards. The lawsuit started to gain some ground, and it looked like the state (represented by the Attorney General) may have to pay these people even more money than they got in the other settlement.

3. The Attorney General (who is in charge of the SBI) suddenly says, "Hey, look, it turns out it was an arson after all! We shouldn't have to pay those people because it wasn't our fault (for failing to uphold the safety standards at the jail).

Am I the only one who can see through the smoke they are blowing up our a**es? Of coure WLOS is fanning the flames because it gets people all fired up and makes them watch TV (so WLOS can get higher ratings and sell more of those cheesy car ads with Bob & Candice).

For those of you who aren't smart enough to connect the dots, here it is. If there was a criminal case to be made, someone would be IN JAIL, NOT on WLOS. But if the Attorney General can point fingers and put a little doubt in a jury pool, then the state saves millions by not having to pay the victims what they are owed. After the state wins in the CIVIL action, watch for a NEW finding that there is not enough evidence to charge anyone for the fire.
Jen Hooper

Eddyville, KY

#13 Mar 13, 2009
Wally wrote:
The state's motion reports what two EMT's had to say about Melissa's admissions to them in the back of the ambulance the night of the fire. What's crazy is that the SBI interviewed the EMT's and were told this back in 2002. The depositions in the families' lawsuit against the state only duplicated what the SBI has already known for years. Also, don't forget that Denise Davis received cash settlements from BOTH Mitchell County and the state, and her lawyer from Alabama was the one leading the charge in the press blaming everyone else for the fire.
Does anyone know if this outsider from a state like Alabama was licensed to practice law in North Carolina?
Hunter

Charlotte, NC

#14 Mar 13, 2009
What is wrong with North Carolina's Attorney General? Why is the case now beening reopened? 2002 was the S.B.I. not trained properly or were they just wanting to quickly get the investitation over quickly? Nothing can be proven. This is he said she said issues. If the cas is reopened then the S.B.I. needs to cross their "T" and dot their i's!!!! Good greif it's scary to think this was not an accident and that 7 human beings were killed so needlessly. The S. B. I. have really got their work cut out for themselves now....help me understand what happened here!!!!!!!!! Is this about money or the lives that were taken and the poor families that have had so much pain and suffering?????
Confused

Charlotte, NC

#15 Mar 13, 2009
Eight years have passed and the S.B.I. have just now decided that Deneice Davis purposely sat this fire with the help of this person who was supposed to be keeping the jail and the ones inside safe?? What kind of people do Mitchell county hire to keep the jail safe???? Was Deneice Davis also Paid/$70,000.00 for her husbands death??? None of these pieces of the puzzle fit together! There are just too many holes in this jail fire. This truly makes the S.B.I. look real bad in the state of North Carolina. Why has this information taken sooo long for the truth??? That is what people want The TRUTH and JUSTICE served!!!! Attorney General do your duty to the people of North Carolina!!!!!
disbelief

Charlotte, NC

#16 Mar 13, 2009
What reopen a case that the S.B.I. stated was an accident? What good will that do? If these two women Davis and Buchanan had anything at all to do with setting this fire intentionally does the S.B.I. really beleive they are suddenly going to confess after eight years? Never. They would go to prision forever if that is true. Why reopen this case after all this time? These women will lie,lie, lie to save their skins.
Sandy Banks

AOL

#17 Mar 13, 2009
My uncle died in that fire. I always knew it was not an accident. Who ever did this may get away, but they will face GOD one day. And just maybe he will send them to HELL so they will know what it is like to burn to death.
Sandy Banks

AOL

#18 Mar 13, 2009
I guess this would explain why one of these women is currently in Broughton Hospital. If I were responsible for killing 8 people I would go crazy to.
heart

Charlotte, NC

#19 Mar 13, 2009
Who on earth could keep to themselves that they intentently started a fire that lead to the deaths od so many men in that cimmunity, men who had little children that needed their fathers?
crying

Charlotte, NC

#20 Mar 13, 2009
What monster could cause such a horrific fire? I don't care what these men did they did not deserve to die like they died. I hope the S.B.I. does not leave a stone unturned concerning this monstorous situtation. I have cried and sobbed thinking of how these men must have suffered in their last few minutes. Someone needs to be held accountable. I pray it's not too little too late.

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