Jul 26, 2013 8:14 AM by AP

Testimony: Jail fire tied to contraband

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - According a testimony, a Lafourche Parish jail inmate accused of setting a fire in his cell in March that led to a full evacuation of the jail was trying to get access to drugs and cigarettes.

The Courier reports state Judge Jerome J. Barbera III found probable cause Thursday to bind 21-year-old Skylleur Hayes, of Thibodaux, over for trial on an aggravated arson charge.

According to court testimony given by sheriff's Detective Jeff Chamberlain, Hayes used a light socket, metal and toilet paper to set a blanket on fire in a cell block housing 26 inmates so prisoners would be evacuated to another section where marijuana and cigarettes were hidden.

The contraband was never found.


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