No probable cause in arson case

No probable cause was found Thursday in the case of a Coalton man who was arrested for arson in November 2012.

Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler found no probable cause last week in the case of Raymond Yeager II, 42,, during a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court, according to information from Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker.

Yeager was charged with one felony count of third-degree arson and one felony count of destruction of property. According to previous reports, police accused Yeager of burning items that belonged to a woman who lived with him.

The finding of no probable cause means the magistrate determined there is not enough evidence to warrant the case being automatically bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court for grand jury consideration.

“This has the same impact as a dismissal without prejudice,” Parker said Friday. “We will review the case further and make a determination as as to whether we have enough evidence to proceed.” A dismissal without prejudice means charges may be brought up again in court.

Yeager’s attorney, James Hawkins, said Friday he was pleased and “in agreement” with Shepler’s finding.