October 23rd, 2011 by WCBC Radio
The Keyser News Tribune reports that a motion for a change of venue by defense attorney Angie Collins was denied Wednesday morning as Kelly Bradley, accused of setting fire to the Pines Restaurant and Lounge in June 2010, was back in court for another pre-trial hearing.
The Pines, along with the Wee Care Day Care Center and Citifinancial, which were located in the same wing of the complex, was destroyed by fire on June 27, 2010. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office determined the fire was arson, and Bradley, co-owner of the business along with her husband, was charged with intentionally setting the fire.
Wednesday, Collins told Circuit Court Judge Phil Jordan that there were two issues to consider in her motion to move the trial outside of Mineral County – the popularity of the Pines as a social gathering place and the extensive coverage the arson case has received as it has progressed through the court system.