Flagstaff arson suspect not fit to face charges

Flagstaff arson suspect not fit to face charges

Flagstaff arson suspect not fit to face charges

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 2 at 4:34 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A man suspected of starting a string of forest wildfires near Flagstaff isn't mentally capable of understanding the charges against him.
 
A competency hearing was held Thursday in a federal court in Flagstaff for 40-year-old Mark Mastin.
 
He was charged earlier this month with one count of burning federal land without a permit.
 
Authorities tracked Mastin through boot prints found at the fires' origin. 
 
According to a criminal complaint, Mastin admitted to starting six of the fires, repeatedly apologized to authorities and offered to clean up the area.
 
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that a judge has decided not to allow Mastin to be charged with nine new counts of setting timber afire because he was mentally incompetent.
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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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