Second person dies in Greeneville homicide, arson case; $1500 re

Second person dies in Greeneville homicide, arson case; $1500 reward offered

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A Sunday morning fire at a home on West Main Street in Greeneville is being investigated by authorities as an arson and a homicide. A Sunday morning fire at a home on West Main Street in Greeneville is being investigated by authorities as an arson and a homicide.
GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

There are new details in an ongoing arson and homicide investigation in Greeneville, TN. A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained during an attack and fire at 1117 West Main Street. Greeneville police say Roger Dewayne Aiken, 49, died Tuesday afternoon.

Greeneville police chief Mark Foulks told WJHL, Sunday morning an officer on patrol spotted smoke coming from the home. Shortly, two police officers went into the home and found Aiken, near the door and they were able to get him safely out the door.

Elizabeth Cooter, 78, was also found in the home, but had already died.

Investigators are not disclosing the injuries of Cooter and Aiken, so as to not compromise an ongoing investigation - but they believe the fire was set after both victims were injured. 

Police say several people have been questioned – but the police is soliciting the public for more information.

State bomb and arson officials are offering a $1500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. If you have any information that can help authorities, call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 or the Greeneville Police Department tip line at 423-783-2868.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has also been assisting in the investigation.

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