Thursday, 02 August 2007 20:00
Saturday shooting suspect Randall Whitley has been arrested
again- and could be investigated for possible arson.
Whitley was stopped by a Wilkes deputy earlier this week
after a report suggested he had been threatening shooting victim Timothy Potts.
While the deputy alleged Whitley smelled like alcohol, Whitley refused a
sobriety test and said he’d just take the DUI. Deputies at the scene seized a
case of beer and open can from the car.
While being locked up at the Wilkes County Detention Center
for a DUI charge, Whitley allegedly told a deputy that he had been at the scene
of the mobile home fire.
Apparently, he had been looking for the gun he
allegedly threw at Potts after the shooting. This confession places Whitley at
the fire scene earlier that he had told fire marshal Nick Hamby. While no
charges have been filed in the blaze, investigators are taking a second look at
the possibility of arson.