Duquesne woman accused of setting fire to occupied home will head to trial

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A Duquesne woman arrested in November and accused of setting fire to her home while four other people were inside waived her preliminary hearing this morning, according to online court records.

Lynn Kennedy, 31, told Allegheny County police shortly after her arrest that she did not intentionally set the blaze that destroyed the home at 110 Ross St. She admitted to threatening to do so but said she did not intentionally cause the fire, police said.

Ms. Kennedy's boyfriend, his 2-year-old daughter and two others were inside the home at the time, police said. All of them were able to leave the home without injury.

Ms. Kennedy faces charges of arson, causing or risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and drug charges after police said they found suspected cocaine and marijuana.

Court records show that District Judge Scott Schricker today reduced her bail from $50,000 to nonmonetary. Ms. Kennedy's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ms. Kennedy's attorney, Casey White, said they chose to waive the preliminary hearing this morning because they thought prosecutors would likely present enough evidence to warrant a trial.

"They're strong allegations," Mr. White said. "It's her contention that both fires in the house were accidentally set."

"Her main goal was to be released from jail and to help her get back on her feet," Mr. White said, adding that his client intends to live with relatives and attend local community support groups.


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