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Alleged arsonist's trial set for February

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Daniel Bugbee
Following a change of venue from Dunklin to New Madrid County in September, alleged arsonist Daniel Bugbee has been scheduled to appear before the court and a 12 member jury at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Bugbee is also set to reappear in court at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Both of the set court dates will be presided over by the Honorable Fred W. Copeland.

Bugbee, 34, is a suspect involving a string of arson cases that occurred between December 2011 through July 2012 around Kennett.

Bugbee was charged with 13 counts arson in the second degree, a class C felony, by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's Office in July.

According to information released by the Kennett Police Department, earlier this year the Kennett Police Department investigated several leads in relation to various fires, mostly at abandoned residences around the city.

Following two residential fires on South Anthony St., Lieutenant Detective Tim Trowbridge identified a possible witness.

After a series of interrogations, a suspect was identified and through a photo lineup, confirmed.

Trowbridge interviewed Bugbee, who, according to reports, later confessed that he had committed approximately 13 arsons.

The KPD reported that Bugbee took Trowbridge, along with Interim Kennett Police Chief, Steve Williams, to the residences he had burned down.

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