Man charged with attempted murder, arson, animal cruelty for allegedly shooting at house, lighting on fire, killing dog

Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020

An Alabama man was arraigned this week for multiple attempted murder charges after police say he shot up a house and set it on fire.

Dezmond Hall, 20, of Selma, Alabama, was arraigned in the Dallas County Courthouse for three attempted murder charges, first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, animal cruelty, discharging a gun into an unoccupied vehicle and discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Dallas County District Court Judge Bob Armstrong set Hall’s bond at $1 million. Hall remains locked in the Dallas County Jail.

Jackson said Hall, AKA “Gee Code,” was arrested by the State Probation Officer Jarvis Jackson, Drug Task Force, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and ATF.

“They did a great job arresting one of Selma’s most wanted criminals,” Jackson said. “These violent gang members are being taken off the streets of Selma and Dallas County.”

Assistant Fire Marshall Richard Byrd responded to a call on May 2 at the block of 922 Hood Avenue in reference to a structure fire. When Byrd arrived to the scene, the Selma Fire Department had the fire under control and were actively performing overhaul operations.

The residential structure was occupied when the fire occurred. The two occupants, Mary Johnson and Joseph Ellis, were able to get out of the house properly without injury. Byrd interviewed both occupants and began investigating the residential structure.

Byrd entered the house and discovered the front porch, front living room and front bedroom all sustained major fire damage. Byrd also discovered Johnson’s pet dog in a metal kennel on the front porch died in the fire. Hall was identified as the individual involved in the residential structure fire and who poured gas on the front porch and lit the gas.

Byrd is also a co-defendant with Jarron Stallworth and Travis Lewis in the April 27 incident at the block of 1704 Mabry Street, shooting the residence of Keytorie Madison and setting a vehicle on fire.