Ar­son sus­pect en­ters not guilty plea

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - BRAN­DON RID­DLE

A man ac­cused of set­ting an apart­ment blaze that heav­ily dam­aged six units and left two peo­ple hurt has pleaded in­no­cent to fed­eral ar­son charges.

David Hart­sell, 50, of Con­way ap­peared Tues­day af­ter­noon be­fore U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Jerome Kear­ney in U.S. District Court for the East­ern District of Arkansas.

Last Thurs­day, a fed­eral grand jury in­dicted Hart­sell, a former res­i­dent of Ger­man­town Apart­ments at 955 S. Ger­man Lane in Con­way, on charges of ma­li­ciously dam­ag­ing the com­plex and pos­sess­ing three de­struc­tive de­vices in fur­ther­ance of ar­son.

Hart­sell also faces state charges of ar­son and first-de­gree bat­tery in the fire that also killed a dog, records show.

Hart­sell filed a re­quest Mon­day in Faulkner County Cir­cuit Court to dis­miss those charges, ar­gu­ing that his con­sti­tu­tional rights were vi­o­lated and that a search war­rant of his apart­ment was out­dated at the time it was is­sued.

He wrote that the war­rant was is­sued Dec. 11, 2015, though the fire was on Feb. 27, 2017. Records show the war­rant was ex­e­cuted Feb. 28 and re­ported March 3.

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