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One charge dropped, another one added in Kirksville arson case

<span id="bIImageViewer_CaptionTextID">Brandon True, 37, of Kirksville</span>




A Kirksville arson suspect is now facing a more serious charge.



On Friday, an Adair County grand jury indicted 37-year-old Brandon True, of Kirksville, on a charge of first-degree arson.

He had originally been charged with second-degree arson. That charge was dropped.

The arson charge stems from an April 24 fire at a duplex on East Hickory Street.



In Missouri, first-degree arson applies when a fire is intentionally set with a person in close proximity.



There was a woman living in the front unit of the duplex when the back unit was torched.



Judge Russell Steele set True's bond at $50,000 cash only.



After setting the bond, Steele recused himself from the case.



Next up, the Missouri Supreme Court will be asked to assign a new judge.



The first task for the new judge will be ruling on a defense motion requesting a bond reduction.



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