Trial date to be set later this week for suspected Murray Church arsonist

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August Caprian, the suspected arsonist connected to the fire that destroyed the historic Murray Church on Jan. 11, 2019, will be in court on March 11, 2021 in order to set a date for his trial.

Caprian, 39, is facing three counts of arson for fires at the Murray Church, Crossroads Community Church and Shulus Catholic Church, as well as a separate charge of break and enter to a church with the intent to commit arson.

Investigators determined that the blazes at each church were suspicious in nature and likely related to one culprit.

Details of the allegations against Caprian are protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.

Caprian’s trial was scheduled to begin in Kamloops provincial court on Jun. 3, 2020 but has been postponed several times.

“Crown proceeded by indictment, but it was elected to be tried by a Provincial Court Judge, therefore the trial will be in Merritt,” said Sgt. Josh Roda of Merritt RCMP.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald