Arson suspects to face trial
CRYSTAL FALLS—Two Crystal Falls residents accused of burning a cabin on Fortune Lake to the ground in October were bound over to circuit court after waiving their preliminary hearings at a probable cause hearing in Iron County Trial Court on Feb. 12.
Troy Daniel Evert Jr., 22, and Rachael Joy Kirschner, 25, both pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree arson (20-year felony), conspiracy to commit second-degree arson (20-year felony) and lying to a police officer (two-year high court misdemeanor).
Kirschner, who was represented at the hearing by Geoffrey Lawrence, has posted bond. Evert, represented by Michael Scholke, was still being held on a $10,000 bond as of the hearing date.
Judge C. Joseph Schwedler amended Kirschner’s bond to allow her to leave the state for a medical appointment regarding her pregnancy and to allow conversations between the co-defendants, but only about their child and through only one contact number.
The Iron County case is tied to an ongoing case in Marinette County (Wis.), in which a Crystal Falls man has been accused of stabbing another man in the arm in a December altercation in Niagara.