Four people have now been connected to an explosive device seized at the Georgia Inn earlier this week, a case in which Columbia County authorities are releasing little information.
According to Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris, further investigation into the destructive device found at the Georgia Inn resulted in additional arrests. Now charged in the case are, from left, (top row), Amy Dodd, Michael Stader, (bottom row), Richard Bourne and Anthony Jones.
“We are not releasing the name of the victim nor any other details at this time,” Capt. Morris said in a release.
Bourne is charged with “terroristic threats and acts” and his bond has been set at $5,100. Stader and Jones are charged with “possession of a destructive device” and “manufacturing a destructive device with intent to kill, injure or intimidate an individual.” Dodd has also been charged with “manufacturing a destructive device with intent to kill, injure or intimidate an individual.”
On Wednesday, Dodd was arrested at the Georgia Inn after authorities received a call concerning an explosive device in a room at the Georgia Inn about 12:45 a.m.
“A prescription bottle with a 38 caliber bullet, potassium nitrate, matches and a wick was located in room 222. The hotel was evacuated and the Richmond County Bomb Squad was called to the scene,” Capt. Morris said in an earlier press release. “The bomb squad disengaged the device making it safe.”
A witness told authorities that Dodd showed her the device and told her not to worry because the device was not for the hotel and that it was for a person who killed someone in Hephzibah.
Dodd, Jones and Stader are currently being held without bond.