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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 18009254 - wibw.com/a?a=18009254