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Arson case moves forward to circuit court

The court case for a Morgantown man accused of first-degree arson in relation to a Nov. 28 fire at a Grant Avenue apartment will move forward to Monongalia County Circuit Court.

On Thursday, Todd William Riley Jr., 25, of Morgantown appeared via video for a preliminary hearing before Monongalia County Magistrate Judge Ron Bane from North Central Regional Jail, where he is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.

Riley and his defense council waived the right to a preliminary hearing in exchange for early discovery, to which prosecutors agreed to provide next week. He also asked for a reduction in bond from $20,000 to $10,000, which was granted.  

The case will now move on to Monongalia County Circuit where Riley’s attorney, Lance Rollo, plans to file a bond motion to convert Riley’s current cash bond to a personal recognizance bond, which will allow him to post 10% of the now-reduced amount.

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