JOHNSON CITY –A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Investigations Division and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office has led to the indictment of a Parrottsville man on arson charges.

At the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents along with Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office began investigating a house fire that occurred on July 24th at 1105 Palmer Hollow Road in Bybee. During the course of the investigation information was obtained that James Pate Williams intentionally started the fire.

On August 15th the Cocke County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Williams, 44, with one count of Arson. He was arrested the same day and booked into the Cocke County Jail. He is currently being held without bond.

Prior to the most recent indictment, Williams was out of jail on bond awaiting trial in connection with a 2011 Cocke County homicide. Williams was previously indicted in February on one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Arson. Those charges were the result of an investigation into the death of Richard Williams that occurred at 1120 Palmer Hollow Road.

James Williams