The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 3, 2013

Accused arsonist waives hearing

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

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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