Accused Arsonist to Stand Trial

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

Day two of Kevin Zarm's preliminary hearing is in the books after one last witness took the stand, sort of.

Raymond Charles testified over the phone. He was scheduled to testify on Monday, but was physically unable to do it. Charles said he met with Zarm in August to buy some deer antlers, which has been a bit of a theme in this case so far.

Antlers were some of the items police say Zarm stole from the buildings that were burned up. Zarm is scheduled to be in court again on December 2nd where he'll enter pleas to the existing charges, and prosecutors are hinting more could be on the way.

"We're gonna take our 30 days, which we're allowed by law to review transcripts of all the testimony and make a decision on the charges we're gonna proceed with," said District Attorney Jill Falstad. "Obviously, we're gonna do that very carefully and then at the arraignment is where the defendant enters his plea to the charges we end up filing."

Falstad says she doesn't expect there will be a plea deal in this case; it will go trial. Zarm's charged with 15 criminal acts including four for felony arson.

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