Preliminary hearings reset for Collier arson, aggravated battery cases

Preliminary hearings have been rescheduled for an Emporia man accused of trying to set his house on fire and other charges as part of a separate case last fall.

 

David Collier, 53, was originally set for preliminary hearings Monday on arson and explosives charges in one case and aggravated battery charges in a separate alleged incident. However, defense attorney Chris Ambrose filed to withdraw from both cases. The withdrawal was approved and Stuart Symmonds was appointed to be Collier's counsel in both cases.

 

The preliminary hearings are now set for Amy 22.

 

The arson case developed after a report of fire damage at 4 South Exchange on Oct. 13. Authorities say the house had been burned and there was a lot of evidence indicating Collier wanted to start the house aflame. Officials also say there was evidence Collier had rigged the house to have shotgun shells blow up in different parts of the home.

 

Collier's co-defendant and home co-owner, Catherine Martin, will be sentenced May 3 after pleading no contest to arson and explosives charges.

 

10:10 am Monday: Collier arson hearing set for Monday

 

An Emporia man accused of trying to set fire to a house he owned last fall is in court Monday.

 

David Collier, 54, has been charged with arson and criminal use of explosives after fire damage was reported at 4 South Exchange on Oct. 13. Collier is tentatively set for a preliminary hearing, but he has sought a change in attorney so the prelim may well be delayed.

 

Authorities say the house had been burned and there was a lot of evidence indicating Collier wanted to start the house aflame. Officials also say there was evidence Collier had rigged the house to have shotgun shells blow up in different parts of the home.

 

Collier's co-defendant and home co-owner, Catherine Martin, will be sentenced May 3 after pleading no contest to arson and explosives charges.

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