Man indicted for murder, arson after mother found dead in Valdosta fire

Published: Dec. 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

June 1, 2016

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – A man is behind bars for murder after authorities ruled the death of a woman found in a burned home as a homicide.

On December 14, 2015, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 130 Perry Lane in Valdosta.

61-year-old Diane Calhoun-Perry was found dead inside the burned home.

Detectives made contact with and interviewed several subjects while on scene and collected evidence.

According to the Valdosta Police Department, due to the suspicious nature of the incident, detectives requested an autopsy to determine the victim’s cause of death. Calhoun-Perry’s body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

In March 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examiner ruled Calhoun-Perry’s death as a homicide. Detectives and representatives from the District Attorney’s Office met with the Medical Examiner to discuss her results.

Detectives re-interviewed witnesses in the case and identified Calhoun-Perry’s son, 40-year-old Freddie Finnissee, as a suspect in this case.

On May 25, detectives presented the case to the Grand Jury and Finnissee was indicted for malice murder and arson. Finnissee is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

December 14, 2015

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Authorities have released the identity of the woman killed in a Valdosta house fire.

61-year-old Diane Calhoun was killed in a residential fire in Valdosta Monday morning.

The Valdosta Fire Department responded to the fire at 130 Perry Lane around 7:40 a.m Monday.

Firefighters say light smoke was coming from the residence and they extinguished the fire.

Calhoun was found dead at the residence, according to VFD.

Authorities say the fire is still under investigation.