Arson charges; hearing Friday

cgeorge@sierrastar.comJuly 16, 2013 

A Yosemite Lakes Park couple arrested on charges of arson remain behind bars at the Madera County Department of Corrections, with their next court appearance set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 19 in Department 9 of Madera Superior Court.

On Friday, a date will be set for a preliminary hearing for Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman, along with determining which department will hear their case. A bail review will also be held Friday.

The defense is asking for the case to be held in the Sierra Division Bass Lake Courthouse, said District Attorney Michael Keitz.

A previously scheduled court date for July 16 was vacated.

On Tuesday, there were 21 counts of arson alleged against Jackson (20 counts of arson of wildlands and one count of arson of an inhabited structure), along with one count of battery on a peace officer, and one count of resisting arrest, Keitz said. Jackson's bail is set at $500,000.

Waterman is now being charged with 10 counts of arson of wildlands. Her bail is also set at $500,000.

The couple share an additional charge: conspiracy to commit arson of wildlands and an inhabited structure.

Their charges were adjusted based upon evidence submitted to the DA's office.

Waterman's bail was initially set at $25,000. She was bailed out June 26, and re-arrested June 29.

Jackson and Waterman were detained the evening of June 25, at the scene of a small vegetation fire close to their home on East Revis Circle in Coarsegold's Yosemite Lakes Park.

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