Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 12, 2013

May trial set for man charged with Hinton arsons

HINTON — A May 22 trial is set for a man accused of setting fires that destroyed a row of apartment buildings and a house in Hinton.

Billy Joe Gill of Hinton is charged with two counts of first-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder.

Summers County prosecutor Amy Mann tells The Register-Herald  that Circuit Judge Robert Irons denied a defense request last week for a change of venue.

But Mann says the case could be moved to Monroe County if a jury can’t be seated in Summers County. Both counties are part of the 31st Judicial Circuit.

The 25-year-old Gill is accused of setting a fire at a two-story house on Feb. 26. A second fire about 30 minutes later leveled five downtown apartment buildings known as Brick Row.

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