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Arson Case Against Albion Man Heads to Trial

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The case against an Albion man, charged with setting an apartment complex on fire, is headed to trial.

Charlie Beck, 34, is facing a total of six charges, including arson, risking a catastrophe, and criminal mischief.

During his preliminary hearing on Thursday, Beck pleaded not guilty to each count.

Beck’s accused of starting a fire at the Barnett Building in Albion, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damages.

The fire began in a storage closet on the third floor and spread through the 65-unit building, leaving more than 60 people homeless.

During Thursday’s testimony, it was revealed that Beck has special needs and has been diagnosed with a mental disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Prosecutors accuse Beck of starting the fire with a BIC lighter, they say he obtained from his caretaker.

The defense argued that there was no evidence presented at the preliminary hearing that could connect beck to the crime, and asked for all charges to be dismissed.

But after three hours, a judge ordered all charges to be bound over for trial.

The judge also reduced Beck’s bond from $250,000 to 10 percent of $100,000.

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