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The son of Alabama Legislator Lea Fite, who was arrested last month for his alleged involvement in a string of area arsons, is back in jail after authorities revoked his bond due to a recent criminal trespass charge in Hanceville.

The Hanceville Police Department arrested Jerrod Heath Fite, 20, of Cullman last week for criminal trespass in the third degree. Fite had been out on $16,000 bond since the sheriff’s department arrested and charged him on Jan. 18 with two counts of arson in the second degree and one count of attempted burglary.

“He made bond on the criminal trespass charge,” said Sheriff Tyler Roden. “Based on that arrest, we initiated that his bond on the previous charge be revoked.”

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Fite on Feb. 15 and placed him in the Cullman County Detention Center.

Roden said Hanceville police arrested Fite while he was in another person’s apartment.

“He was found in an apartment in which he did not live,” Roden said.

Roden said it would be much harder for Fite to get out of jail now that his bond has been revoked.

“His attorney can possibly file for his bond to be reinstated,” he said. “But that’s for a judge to make that determination.”

According to sheriff’s reports Fite, along with Justin Craig Blanton, 19 were arrested for their alleged involvement in two arsons in the Johnson’s Crossing area near Hanceville in December. There are still ongoing investigations into other fires which happened around the same time of the two arsons that authorities suspect could be related.

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