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.Previous story....Kirksville man charged in arson case, Corvette crash