Man Charged in Firebombing of Davis' Office

Cedric Steele formally charged with second-degree felony

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012  |  Updated 2:27 PM CDT
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Man Arrested in Firebombing of State Senator's Office

Cedric Steele, inset.

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Firebomb Suspect Denies Arson Charge

In a jailhouse interview, the man accused of setting off firebombs at a state senator's office says he is innocent of that and other charges.

Man Arrested in Firebombing of State Senator's Office

Fort Worth police have arrested 40-year-old Cedric Steele in connection with an attack on Sen. Wendy Davis' Fort Worth office.
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A homeless man accused of throwing a bag filled with six Molotov cocktails at the Fort Worth office of state Sen. Wendy Davis last month has been charged with arson.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said Cedric Steele was formally charged Tuesday with the second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

The firebombs were set off in the hallway outside of the West Seventh office on March 20.

Steele was arrested hours after the incident in which no one was injured. Investigators said he tried unsuccessfully to speak to Davis in the days before the alleged attack and talked of aliens after his arrest.

In a long, sometimes rambling interview with reporters at the Mansfield Jail, Steele said he was innocent of the firebombing. He said he had gone to Davis' office in hopes that she could help him with a 2008 incident in Michigan in which an officer had assaulted him.

He also said he brought her part of what he said was an alien so she could have it examined. Fort Worth police said it was part of a dead animal.

Davis wasn't in her Senate district office when staffers heard fire alarms and smelled a strange odor. They opened the door to find burning bottles and waist-high flames, which they put out with a fire extinguisher.


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