Not guilty plea in Garner arson case

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Man accused of setting fire to home with people inside.

Posted: May 15, 2018 2:33 PM

GARNER, Iowa – A trial has been set for a man accused of setting fire to a house with people inside.

Dontau Tahrel Smith, 43 of Garner, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of 1st degree arson.
Authorities say Smith started a small fire at the bottom of the stairs in his home after an argument with a roommate on April 14. The roommate told law enforcement that Smith talked about “burning them while they sleep.”

Smith’s trial is scheduled to begin on July 11 in Hancock County District Court.

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