Arson duo back in court with trial underway

December 23, 2013 

The Yosemite Lakes Park couple charged with a combined 31 counts of arson were back in the courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 17 as the jury trial got underway.

Kenneth Jackson, 41, and Allison Waterman, 46, were arrested June 25, in connection to a rash of fires started in Yosemite Lakes Park and the surrounding areas.

Jackson is being held to answer on 21 arson counts (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.

Waterman is being held to answer on 12 counts of arson including conspiracy to commit arson of wildlands of an inhabited area.

A review hearing was held Thursday, Nov. 14 to make a prognoses of where the case is, whether both sides are prepared and ready for the suggested trial dates.

The case has seen itself through weeks of preliminary hearings before Judge Blea made the decision to hold both Jackson and Waterman to answer on all the charges.

It is unknown how long the trial will take although it has been estimated that it could take months before all testimony could be heard.

Jackson and Waterman are each being held on $500,000 bail.

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