An accused arsonist's lawyer has a week to file a motion for the defendant to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
Former Plymouth resident Christopher A. Barber, 18, of Shelby, is charged with aggravated arson, which is punishable by three to 11 years in prison. The charge is in connection with a June 25 apartment fire investigated by the Willard Police Department.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said it's "quite possible" he might request to have the jury view the suspected crime scene if the case goes to trial. Barber's trial date is Nov. 5.
Attorneys expect the trial to take as much as three days. Longo said there might a "a lot of scientific evidence" presented.
A cat died in the fire that caused about $100,000 worth of damage. Prosecutors have accused Barber of setting a sheet of paper and some bedding on fire, which could have left four families homeless. However, nobody was injured.
During Barber's Sept. 23 arraignment, Longo said he believes there are serious mental health issues that could be a mitigating factor, based on a conversation with the defendant's family.
Barber must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.