Clanton man arrested, charged with arson

Published 7:47 pm Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Clanton man has been charged with arson in the alleged burning of a home off Ninth Street North.

Jonathan David Brannon, 43, was arrested July 30 on charges of second-degree arson (a Class B felony) and third-degree burglary, Fire Marshal Cameron Bates said. Brannon posted a $60,000 bond on Aug. 1.



The house burned on July 22. No one was home during the time of the blaze, and there were no injuries.

Brannon was an acquaintance of a woman who lived in the home but did not own the property. Allegedly, a plan was devised for Brannon to burn the home and then be compensated once insurance money was collected.

Bates said he interviewed the woman who lived in the home once, but she died July 27, during the course of the investigation. Her death was unrelated to the arson case, Bates said.

Bates said the owners of the house have been cleared of any knowledge of the arson.

Multiple witnesses saw a black Ford pickup truck leave the scene after the fire started. The owner of the truck was located and said he loaned the truck to Brannon.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Rhonda Hardesty.