HANCOCK COUNTY – A joint investigation has led to the indictment of a Sneedville man in connection to a fire that occurred in Hancock County.

In August 2018, at the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, TBI Special Agents joined Tennessee Fire Investigative Services and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in investigating a barn fire that occurred on Alton Road in Sneedville. During the course of the investigation, authorities determined the fire had been intentionally set and that Marty Ray Rouse (DOB 11/30/77) was the individual responsible.

Last week, the Hancock County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Rouse with one count of Arson. He was served in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield where he is being held on unrelated charges. Rouse remains in custody in Virginia, pending extradition to Tennessee.

Marty Ray Rouse