Arson Charges Added to a Fayetteville Doctor Already Jailed

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Two more felony arson charges were added, Tuesday(Dec. 18), to a Fayetteville doctor who is already in custody at the Washington County Detention Center (WCDC), according to a preliminary report from the prosecuting attorney’s office for the Fourth Judicial District.

George Jack Shamma, 35, was arrested in mid-September 2017 in connection with starting a fire on the second floor of an apartment complex at the 400-block of N. Coral Loop, in Fayetteville, on Sept. 7, according to a police report.  Shamma lived in an apartment on the same floor.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Shamma was booked into the Washington County Detention Center.  The following day he was released from WCDC on $25,000 bond.

On November 29, 2018, Shamma was rearrested for violating his bond and was back at WCDC, according to jail records.

The most recent charges involve the burning of two cars, three times, on Feb. 19, 2017, according to a Fayetteville police report. The victim’s reported one vehicle was a total loss for more than $8,500 and some damage to another car totaling $2,300. The fires were ruled as arson.  However, at the time of the investigation evidence could not link Shamma — or his girlfriend — to the crimes and the case closed on Dec. 22, 2017.

On December 10, 2018, Shamma’s girlfriend was reporting him on an unrelated offense to police in Eureka Springs.  She also provided that police department with handwritten notes from Shamma where he wrote about details about setting the first and third car fires.  One of the cars was set on fire twice, and Shamma’s girlfriend said to police, “he wanted to make sure to destroy the car to ‘get back’ at the victim.  

Shamma denied to police about setting the car fires, but police said they did not find his statements true because his statements were vague.

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