By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A bond remained in place Monday after a man facing an arson charge was arraigned after being indicted by the Mercer County Grand Jury.
Larry Carter II, 33, of Princeton appeared before Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn during docket day at the Mercer County Courthouse. A bond hearing scheduled before Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope was dismissed because a bond would be set at the arraignment, according to information from the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Carter’s $40,000 bond, set when he was arrested in May, remained the same. He is currently incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.
The State Fire Marshal started an investigation after a fire damaged a converted residence on Lazenby Avenue in Princeton; the home had been divided into three apartments. Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Rodes arrested Carter following this investigation.
The results of the inquiry indicated that Carter had deliberately set a fire in his apartment, Rodes said.
If convicted, Carter could serve between two and 20 years in prison, Rodes said at the time of the arrest. Carter could also be required to pay restitution to the property’s owner, insurance company, tenants of the other apartments, and the fire departments that were dispatched to the scene.
People with information about suspicious fires can leave tips anonymously with the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-800-223-FIRE or 1-800-223-3473.쟇