Alleged arsonists due back in court March 30




(Photo submitted) North Beaver Baptist Church was destroyed in a fire during the overnight hours of July 29, 2012.


(Photo submitted) Damion Okoyia Blevins


(Photo submitted) Anthony Dustin Graybeal


JEFFERSON-Two individuals charged with burning a West Jefferson church in July 2012 are due back in Ashe County Superior Court later this month.

North Beaver Baptist Church was destroyed in a fire during the overnight hours of July 29, 2012.

Following a lengthy investigation, charges were eventually brought up against the three individuals in March 2014.

Their cases have been continued multiple times.

As a result of an investigation by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department, Damion Okoyia Blevins, 23, and Anthony Dustin Graybeal, 26, were both charged with felony burn of religious building, felony break and enter place of worship and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

They are both due in court March 30.

The church has since been rebuilt, but at another location a short distance down the road on N.C. 163.

Ashe County Fire Marshal Bob Davis previously said the fire appeared to have started in a small hallway located between the sanctuary and an office.

Extensive damage to the interior of the church was apparent and the roofs over both sections of the building were destroyed by the fire.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

(Photo submitted) North Beaver Baptist Church was destroyed in a fire during the overnight hours of July 29, 2012.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_NorthBeaver.jpg(Photo submitted) North Beaver Baptist Church was destroyed in a fire during the overnight hours of July 29, 2012.

(Photo submitted) Damion Okoyia Blevins
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_DamionBlevins.jpg(Photo submitted) Damion Okoyia Blevins

(Photo submitted) Anthony Dustin Graybeal
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_AnthonyGraybeal.jpg(Photo submitted) Anthony Dustin Graybeal
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