Fire Bomb Suspect Found Not Guilty

PANAMA CITY, Fla. The jury found 22-year old Patrick Pippen of Wewahitchka not guilty Tuesday of principal to arson and principal to manufacturing a firebomb.

The fire happened at 3:45 in the morning on August 15th, at a home on Timber Lane in the subdivision called The Woods. The home is owned by a local doctor, Aziz Ahmad.

5-adults were inside at the time. Dr. Ahmad's son was one of them. He heard a loud noise outside of his bedroom window, looked out and saw the ground below on-fire. He called 9-1-1, then put out the fire, with very little damage.

Panama City Police say they smelled gasoline and found what appeared to be a broken and burned mason jar, lying on the ground below the window.

They arrested Pippin, along with 22 year old Daniel Lee Blankenship and 24 year old Anthony Michael Wait in November.

Investigators initially thought the firebombing was a Hate Crime. But they later learned it was allegedly relatiation after one of Wait's family members died while under Dr. Aziz's care.

Pippen, who is a military veteran, allegedly assembled the Molotov cocktail from a mason jar filled with fuel.

Blankenship accepted a plea deal and was supposed to testify against Pippin. But prosecutors never called him to the stand.

Wait goes on trial in October.


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