Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Ponder Trial On DeKalb Courthouse Arson Charge Set

A man who reportedly tried to set the DeKalb County courthouse on fire will face trial next year.

Gary Wayne Ponder, 53, will go to trial April 4, 2018 on a charge of arson. He remains on house arrest. The District Public Defenders Office will serve as his attorney.

In June 2016, Ponder was caught on the courthouse’s surveillance camera system lighting newspapers in a recycling bin on fire. The fire was extinguished, but did more than $120,000 damage. That includes the wall behind the recycling bin, ceiling tiles, dry wall, and a cracked window in the vestibule.