A Morgan County judge this week revoked bail for a Vinemont man accused of attempted murder in the wake of new charges in Cullman County that he burned down his neighbors' home to cover up a burglary, authorities said Tuesday.
Pam Cammon, whose house at 475 Cullman County 1437 was destroyed in the Nov. 15 fire, said Jeremy Wayne West, 18, should never have been released from jail on bail after Morgan County deputies charged him with the March 28 cutting of 22-year-old acquaintance Justin Sullivan's throat.
"I want this boy to go to prison for a long time because I think he's a danger to society," Cammon said.
Circuit Judge Stephen Haddock, who set the bail on the Morgan County charge, ordered West arrested and held without bail Wednesday for violating the conditions of his release. West was in Cullman County Jail in lieu of $70,000 cash bail.
Haddock did not return a call to his office seeking comment Friday.
Morgan District Attorney Scott Anderson said he hopes to keep West behind bars this time. He said he opposed bail on the attempted murder charge.
"We were opposed to this defendant being out under any circumstances," Anderson said.
A call to the Cullman firm of West's lawyers, Brandon Little and Johnny Berry, was not returned Friday.
West had been out of jail less than a month before being arrested by Cullman County investigators.
Investigators tracked down West at his home after witnesses said they had seen him at Lacon Trade Day selling firearms that matched the description of those stolen from the Cammon home, Cullman County Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said.
Pam Cammon said some of the guns taken were "old or unusual."
She and her husband, both retired, were in Mobile following a vacation overseas when she received a call from another neighbor who told her the house had burned down.
"It's not salvageable. ... I've never been involved in a fire before. It's devastating," she said.
The fire was quickly determined to be suspicious. The Cammons told firefighters that guns and ammunition were in the house.
"When they got the fire out, they looked and couldn't find the guns," Cammons said. "So we knew that we had been robbed."
The Cammons are living in a trailer on their property while they figure out what to do next.
Investigators later charged West with second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. Bartlett said there may be more arrests in the case.
"He didn't do the job by himself is what we've been told," Cammon said.
She said they didn't know West prior to the incident and had never had trouble with him.
"We didn't know an attempted murderer was living across the street from us, and none of the other neighbors did either," she said.
Cammon said she was happy to hear about the bail revocation in Morgan County and was pleased by the requirement that his $70,000 bail in Cullman County be paid in cash.
"I know he couldn't give me a reason good enough to justify what he did. So I hope the trash stays in jail forever," she said.
An affidavit filed by Investigator Chad Smith said the car began to overheat and West asked Sullivan to get out and check it. When Sullivan got out, West came from behind, pulled Sullivan's head back and cut him across the throat, the affidavit said.
West then allegedly tried to run Sullivan over with his car.
Bleeding profusely, Sullivan made his way to a home on Maddux Road near Belvins Road and knocked on the door, startling the residents, who called authorities when they saw his injury, according to the affidavit. A medical helicopter took Sullivan to Huntsville Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was later released.
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