Suspected arsonists back for preliminary hearing

October 22, 2013 

The Coarsegold couple arrested on arson charges were back in court Monday, Oct. 21, for yet another preliminary hearing before Madera County Superior Court Judge Dale Blea.

Kenneth Jackson, 40, and Allison Waterman, 46, were arrested June 25 in connection to a rash of fires started in Yosemite Lakes Park and the surrounding area.

The hearing is in regards to the 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 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 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. The couple is being tried together while using separate attorneys.

Jackson's attorney is Craig Collins of Madera, and Waterman's attorney is Greg Gross of Madera.

Testimony will continue to be given in regards to numerous fires started in the YLP and Coarsegold area.

The most recent preliminary hearing date was scheduled Oct. 23 in Department 2.

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