January 14

Boy charged in Lewiston fire ruled not competent

The blaze was one of three arsons at about the same time that terrorized the city in May.

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — The arson case against a 13-year-old Lewiston boy charged with starting a massive apartment fire in the city last year has been suspended by a judge who determined that prosecutors have not met their burden of proving the boy is competent to stand trial.

The boy faces four counts of arson stemming from fires that burned four apartment buildings and a garage on Bartlett and Pierce streets on May 3. No one was hurt.

The blaze was one of three arsons at about the same time that terrorized the city. Others have been charged in connection with the other fires.

The Sun Journal reports that after a hearing last week, the judge ruled the boy is not competent to stand trial at this time, but may be in the future.

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