This week, additional charges were filed against Jim Edgar Morgan of Corum. Morgan, 47, was arrested at the beginning of July on arson charges, Morgan allegedly set fires dating back to 2006.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said Wednesday afternoon that the original 15 charges have been amended to 22.

“Two are structures and what that does is bring that to the next level,” McKinney said. “It’s a higher degree of felony.”

That means more time in prison if Morgan is convicted.

Morgan’s original charges are in the third degree, and included mostly pasture land. McKinney began the investigation into the 2006 wildfires when he took office in January.

McKinney said Morgan was scheduled to go before a judge Tuesday to hear the charges, but a hearing was postponed so Morgan’s counsel could review the material. He said a preliminary hearing has been set for September.

The sheriff’s investigation had been continuing since Morgan was arrested in July and the new evidence was presented to the District Attorney’s office, McKinney said.

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