Trial date set for Ottumwa man charged with arson

<p>On August 16, the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to 126 South Schuyler Street.</p>

An Ottumwa man charged with planning the fire that destroyed his home now has a trial date.

Christopher Dean Jordan, 26, will be in a Wapello County courtroom on May 6 to face three felony charges, including First Degree Arson, related to the August fire that destroyed his home on Schuyler Street in Ottumwa.

Prosecutors alleged that Jordan planned the fire because he wanted to use the insurance money to start a new life.

Jordan is not believed to have set the fire himself but to have convinced a juvenile to actually start the blaze.

First Degree Arson is a Class "B" felony and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Jordan was released from custody after his arrest after posting a $25,000 bond.

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