Worth Co. man sentenced to life in murder, arson case - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Worth Co. man sentenced to life in murder, arson case

Posted: Updated:
Ava, a 3-year-old black Labrador, and human partner were trained to work as a team, sniffing out petrochemical-based accelerants. Ava, a 3-year-old black Labrador, and human partner were trained to work as a team, sniffing out petrochemical-based accelerants.
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Suspect identified in fatal Decatur Co. shooting

    Suspect identified in fatal Decatur Co. shooting

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:12:49 GMT
    Sheriff Wiley GriffinSheriff Wiley Griffin
    Leroy Wimberly is facing murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon in commission of a crime and possession of weapon by a convicted felon, after a double shooting overnight that left one man dead and another injured.More >>
    Leroy Wimberly is facing murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon in commission of a crime and possession of weapon by a convicted felon, after a double shooting overnight that left one man dead and another injured.More >>
  • Southwest Georgia dam failures drill planned

    Southwest Georgia dam failures drill planned

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:11:14 GMT
    An emergency exercise simulating dam failures in Cordele and Albany will be conducted soon.Emergency management agencies and first responders from across Southwest Georgia will join Georgia Power and the Crisp County Power Commission for the emergency drill. More >>
    An emergency exercise simulating dam failures in Cordele and Albany will be conducted soon.Emergency management agencies and first responders from across Southwest Georgia will join Georgia Power and the Crisp County Power Commission for the emergency drill. More >>
  • APD wants armed robbery suspect

    APD wants armed robbery suspect

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:07:35 GMT
    The Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau would like to solicit the public’s assistance with locating Gerard Catedrick Clark (AKA J Rock) for an armed robbery.More >>
    The Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau would like to solicit the public’s assistance with locating Gerard Catedrick Clark (AKA J Rock) for an armed robbery.More >>
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

A Worth County man has been sentenced to life in prison, 30 years minimum to serve, for a 2012 murder and arson.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Michael Carlisle, 33, plead guilty and was sentenced on June 3 in Worth County Superior Court on murder and first-degree arson charges.

Investigators said Carlisle killed Gregory Fulgham, 50, on September 5, 2012, then set Fulgham's home on fire.

The mobile home located at 5407 Fortune Road in Sylvester was destroyed by the blaze.

"The sentence in this case fits the crime of murder," Hudgens said in a statement. "I feel that justice has been done, and I appreciate the work the District Attorney's Office and other agencies did on this case."

Investigators credits Hudgens' Arson Accelerant K-9 "Ava" for helping to solve the murder. Ava was able to detect an ignitable liquid on Carlisle's clothing as well as in the area where the victim's body was discovered.

Ava, a 3-year-old black Labrador, and human partner were trained to work as a team, sniffing out petrochemical-based accelerants.

The Fire Investigation Unit of Commissioner Hudgens' office assisted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Worth County Sheriff's Office in this case. The investigative teamwork between these agencies coupled with community support, significantly contributed to the arrest, and prosecution of Carlisle.

 

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.