Coarsegold couple accused of arson to stand trial

A Coarsegold couple arrested for setting a string of fires in Yosemite Lakes Park last summer will now head to trial for arson and conspiracy.
November 5, 2013 12:28:23 AM PST
A Coarsegold couple arrested for setting a string of fires in Yosemite Lakes Park last summer will now head to trial for arson and conspiracy.

Firefighters believe 40-year-old Kenneth Jackson and 46 ?year-old Allison Waterman intentionally set more than two dozen fires in the Madera County foothills, including some in their own backyard.

Monday a judge ruled there was enough evidence to precede with the case after a testimony revealed cameras captured the couple's cars in several areas where fires were reported. Waterman had admitted to being in some of those locations when flames broke out.

But Jackson's attorney said the video shouldn't be considered as evidence because it doesn't show whether a crime was committed.

"You heard a lot of information about them being on cameras, but what you need to know is that these cameras are all within a block or two from my client's house so therefore their vehicles are always going to be seen around there," defense attorney Craig Collins said.

The judge said during a search of Waterman's car at the time of her arrest - detectives discovered a book of matches as well as magnesium fire starter.

Both suspects are scheduled to be back in court next week.


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