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NGI plea expected in school arson case

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The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13).


During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell found probable cause to believe that a felony was committed and probable cause that Justin Walter Nelson, 24, Roberts, committed the crime and bound him over for trial.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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