Suspect in Fatal Fire to be Tried

By: AP
By: AP

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) _ The man accused of setting a house fire that killed two men in southeast Kansas has been bound over for trial on charges of felony murder and aggravated arson.

After a preliminary hearing in Crawford County District Court Monday, Judge Donald Noland ruled that 36-year-old Andrew Morris go to trial for the Feb. 11, 2006, fire in Pittsburg. Waylon Boots of Colony, Kan., and Stephen Hayes of Peculiar, Mo., died, and a third man escaped.

Monday's testimony included a police videotape of Morris admitting involvement in the fire. Boots and Hayes were roommates and graduates of a two-year electrician program at Pittsburg State University.

Morris' public defender argued that Morris made conflicting statements and may have been ``confused'' by police questioning.

An arraignment has been scheduled for June 27.

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