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Arson Charge Could Be Dismissed Against Suspect In I-85 Bridge Fire

Basil Eleby is escorted by his public defender and two Fulton County Sheriff's office officers into the court room at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta  on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Basil Eleby is escorted by his public defender and two Fulton County Sheriff's office officers into the court room at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Credit Henry P. Taylor / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool
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Less than 10 minutes. That’s how long it took for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell to approve the transfer of Basil Eleby to Fulton County’s Drug and Mental Health Accountability Court.

Basil Eleby is the man accused of starting the fire that caused the I-85 bridge to collapse in March.

If Eleby completes the 18-month program, his charge of arson will be dismissed and he won’t have to make a plea.

Eleby is expected to start the program next week.