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Court Appearance Postponed For Accused Northeast Arsonist

Laura Ziegler
KCUR 89.3 file photo
An Oct. 12 fire in the Historic Northeast killed two firefighters when the building collapsed on top of them.

The preliminary hearing for Thu Hong Nguyen, the woman accused of setting a fire that killed two firefighters earlier this year, has been pushed to next week.

Nguyen appeared briefly in court Thursday afternoon. Her attorney, William Shull, requested more time to prepare a request to reduce her bond of $2 million.  Jackson County Associate Circuit Judge Jalilah Otto agreed to give him more time.

Prosecutors say Nguyen, the owner of a nail salon, set the deadly Oct. 12 blaze that killed Kansas City, Missouri, firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh. Nguyen’s family says she’s innocent.

Nguyen is due back in court at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Elle Moxley is a reporter for KCUR. You can reach her on Twitter @ellemoxley.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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