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Hunters Charged With Arson

December 6, 2011

From KTBS.com

Angry words lead to charges of arson for a couple of local hunters. Bossier Parish deputies arrested two men on three counts of aggravated arson in connection with three duck blind fires.

David James Miller, 30, was arrested Friday. Shane Kendall Earnest, 30, turned himself in Monday.

In October, the Bossier Sheriff's Office was contacted by a man who said someone had intentionally burned down his and two friend's duck blinds near River Bend Marina in Elm Grove. The extent of the damage totaled $4,000.

The victims stated that a rival hunter, Miller, had a blind near theirs, and they had verbal altercations with him during the last duck season regarding his hunting practices.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Miller and Earnest had burned the blinds in late September while out bow fishing at River Bend Marina. Miller then bragged about it to his friends and laughed about how high the flames had been.

It was also learned that Miller had threatened to burn the blinds of several hunters in the past and threatens to do so on a regular basis.

Miller has also been previously arrested and convicted in Caddo Parish for criminal property damage to a hunting camp of a rival hunter.

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