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Judge: Use redacted transcript

September 27, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - A probable cause hearing Wednesday involving a 19-year-old Fairmont man accused of setting a fire at Lincoln School centered around an interview with another teenager.

During the short hearing for defendant Timothy Brickner, held at the law enforcement center in Fairmont, Assistant Martin County Attorney Mike Trushenski said a teenager on probation was interviewed by Fairmont police, with the interview dealing with the fire at Lincoln School in April.

"But there is some confidential information about the juvenile during the interview," Trushenski explained.

Due to the confidential nature of the information, the full half-hour interview cannot be played for a jury.

Before the hearing began, defense attorney Ryan Wood of Bloomington expressed concerned that playing pieces or "highlights" of the interview would alter or edit its content.

Martin County Judge Robert Walker suggested the interview with the juvenile be transcripted, with the confidential information redacted. Trushenski and Wood agreed to the suggestion, and Walker ordered that the transcript of the interview be completed within two weeks.

Brickner faces a first-degree arson charge for allegedly setting fire to the curtains in the gym at Lincoln School on the morning of April 27. The fire was contained to the stage area of the gym, but it prompted the evacuation of the Alternative Learning Center, Stepping Stones daycare and Head Start classes in the school.

Brickner was a student at the ALC at the time.

 
 

 

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