Boles Fire suspect in court for preliminary hearing

Dec 4, 2014 8:23 PM by News Staff

The man accused of starting the wildfire that destroyed roughly half of the town of Weed appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, but no decision has been made about whether or not he will be held for trial.

24-year-old Ronald Marshall has been charged with Arson of an Inhabited Structure or Property, Arson of a Structure or Forest, and Arson of Property of Another. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges in October.

During Thursday's hearing, Siskiyou County prosecutors called on four Weed Police Officers, asking each to detail their encounters with Marshall in the days following the Boles Fire.

Marshall was allegedly caught on surveillance video near the Boles Creek Apartments, which is where the fire started. Marshall was questioned a day after the fire started and on Thursday an officer testified he confessed to starting the fire.

The hearing lasted all day and was continued until tomorrow morning.

The Boles Fire, which broke out September 15, torched nearly 500 acres and destroyed 150 homes and structures in the town of Weed.


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