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Men indicted for taping razors to playground

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Two friends accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment at Lakebottom Park have been indicted.

Gary Bryan, 18, and Derrick Fullum, 24, were indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury Tuesday. They are both charged with Criminal Damage to Property.

Court documents state that on May 11, 2010 the duo duct taped the blades to different parts of the  Columbus playground "so as to endanger human life."

They were arrested in September as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren says one of the department's investigators received new information from an informant, leading them to the suspects.

According to the chief, the duo planted the blades just to see what would happen. Boren says they have confessed to the prank but they pleaded not guilty at their preliminary hearing.

The finding sparked widespread fear in Columbus after a mother discovered the box cutter style blades on the playground just as her child was about to get on the equipment. Other playgrounds were checked in Columbus and Phenix City but thankfully it was an isolated incident.

Police say the razors were hidden in handles and monkey bars and placed in the slides so that if a child slid down one, they'd be seriously injured.

Bryan and Fullum are both in the Muscogee County Jail. If convicted, they face 1-10 years in prison.

Their case will be arraigned in two weeks and added to a trial docket for May.

Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly says the District Attorney's Office takes this crime "seriously" and he is moving forward with the case.

Kelly says the friends have also been indicted on arson charges in Muscogee County. He says they set fire to a house on 17th Street in the Lakebottom area that had been rezoned as a commercial building but was unoccupied at the time it caught fire. According to Kelly, after their arrest for arson, authorities were able to tie them to the razor blade incident.

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