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Jaci Jackson's mother arrested, both charged with arson

Posted: Updated: Dec 16, 2011 09:10 PM CST
Wendie Nicole Cox (Courtesy: McCurtain County Sheriff's Office) Wendie Nicole Cox (Courtesy: McCurtain County Sheriff's Office)
Jaci Rae Jackson, 19 (Courtesy: Columbia County Sheriff's Office) Jaci Rae Jackson, 19 (Courtesy: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

One day after Jaci Jackson bonded out of jail on felony theft and animal cruelty charges in connection with the theft of five horses from Southern Arkansas University rodeo students, her mother landed behind bars and both are now facing arson charges in an unrelated case.

Wendie Cox, 37, was arrested Thursday in Red River County, Arkansas on a warrant for 2nd degree arson out of McCurtain County, Oklahoma in connection with the fire at her Haworth, Oklahoma home in August 2010.

According to the affidavit for her arrest, Cox claimed her home had been broken into and her car stolen before it was set on fire.  The investigation revealed that Cox had asked several people for help in burning the home down for insurance money, telling one witness that she could not pay for the house and it needed to burn.  Jackson allegedly told a friend that she "burned the house by pouring gasoline inside it."

Investigators say Cox's daughter, 19-year-old Jaci Jackson, allegedly told one witness that she burned the house down to collect money to pay for a surgery, and told another that it was burned to collect insurance money.  Investigators also learned that Cox and Jackson moved some property out of the home to be stored elsewhere before the fire, telling others they left some so that it wouldn't look obvious. 

Mother and daughter are now charged with 2nd degree arson. Cox also faces a charge of insurance fraud. These charges are not related to the six felony theft charges Jackson now facing in Columbia County in addition to animal cruelty charges in McCurtain County.

Jackson was arrested back on Dec. 5th in connection to the theft of five horses from the university's rodeo team stables. Four of the five horses were found malnourished, but alive in late November. The 5th horse, 'Credit Card' was found dead in early December. According to court documents, Jackson watched as William "Billy" Hamilton shot and slit the horse's throat.  She is due back in court on those charges on January 19th.

Two others, Mickey Carter and Charles Tremmel, are facing charges of possession of stolen items in connection with the case. In spite of Hamilton's alleged involvement in the death of the horse, no warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Cox has waived extradition to McCurtain County, and is expected to be moved there from Red River County next week. 

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