Arson: grandson of Jasper woman injured in fire arrested

Arson: grandson of Jasper woman injured in fire arrested

Police in Jasper arrested a 26-year-old man for first-degree felony arson June 4 after they say he intentionally set fire to the residence he shared with his grandmother, who, at the time of this report, remained in critical condition at UTMB Galveston due to smoke inhalation. 

According to Lt. G.W. Foster of the Jasper Police Department, officers and firefighters of the Jasper Fire Department responded to a residence located at 210 Othello St. when a neighbor reported that the home was on fire. The neighbor also told firefighters that homeowner Bertha McGill was confined to a wheelchair and was still inside the home. 

Members of the Jasper Fire Department quickly worked locate McGill and was able to remove her from the home, but only after she had suffered severe smoke inhalation. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters noticed that the fire appeared to have been intentionally set and immediately notified Jasper Police Department Detective Josh Hadnot. 

Detective Hadnot secured the location and began processing the scene for evidence, assisted with the investigation by fellow Detective Hudson. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that McGill's grandson, Cedric Ramon McGill Jr., was also living in the home but was not there when first responders arrived. He showed up a short time later and was subsequently arrested on an unrelated charge. 

With the assistance of the City of Jasper Fire Marshall’s Office and State of Texas Fire Marshall’s Office, Detective Hadnot was able to obtain evidence that provided probable cause to arrest Cedric McGill for first-degree felony arson causing bodily injury.

At last word, reports Lt. Foster, the victim, Bertha McGill, was still in critical condition in UTMB Galveston. Police say the motive for the crime is unclear at this time.