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White trial is Aug. 27

Arson suspect pleads not guilty

July 13, 2013
By PETER KASPARI, pkaspari@messengernews.net , Messenger News

The trial for one of the two men accused of burning down Bemrich Electric & Telephone Inc. had his trial set for next month after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Gregory P. White, 23, of Fort Dodge, will stand trial in Fort Dodge beginning Aug. 27.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the eight charges he's facing.

White is being held on $55,000 bond for his alleged role in a burglary and fire at Bemrich Electric, 110 S. 21st St., on June 21.

He and Tanner J. King, 22, of Fort Dodge, are accused of breaking into the business early that morning. During the course of the burglary, the two set fire to the building, according to the criminal complaints filed with the Webster County attorney's office.

Officers and firefighters were called to the scene at 2:43 a.m. after the fire was reported. The blaze was contained a little more than two hours later, at 4:50 a.m.

Evidence at the scene led White and King to be charged.

Both men were arrested within a week of the incident. King was captured on June 26 and White was arrested the following day thanks to a tip received by Webster County Crime Stoppers.

The pair have been charged with first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, possession of a firearm as a felon, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal mischief.

As of Friday, King had not made a plea in the case.

In addition to the trial, White also had a bond review scheduled for July 22.

 
 

 

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