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Judge to rule on motion to block witnesses in Jackson arson case

Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 13:12:33-04

JACKSON, Mich. — A court hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning in the case of a gay-rights activist accused of intentionally starting a fire that destroyed his Jackson County home in 2017.

Prosecutors say Nikki Joly started the August 2017 fire at his home on Pringle Avenue that killed his five pets.

Last month, Joly asked a judge to block two witnesses from testifying at trial.

His attorneys argued police only found the two witnesses because they read an email between Joly and his attorney.

The witnesses in question are expected to testify that Joly asked them to store a lawnmower and gas can from the scene of the fire.

Joly is charged with first-degree arson and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain is scheduled to issue a ruling on Joly's motion during a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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