Flagstaff arson suspect not fit to face charges

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

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/