Accused arsonist Billy Joe Gill, 25, of Hinton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Summers County Magistrate Court on Friday, confirmed prosecuting attorney Amy Mann.
Gill’s attorney Ryan Keesee asked for his bail to be reduced from $200,000 to $20,000.
That request was denied and Gill remains in Southern Regional Jail, said Mann.
Gill is suspected of starting two fires in early morning hours last Monday in Hinton, one in a two-story structure on Fifth Street and a second which burned a row of apartment buildings on Temple Street known as “the brick row.”
First responders estimate 30 people have been displaced.
The case will go to a grand jury for criminal indictment on Tuesday and he will then be arraigned at a later date.
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