Two men face charges for Kings Beach fire
A company owner and an employee, arrested on Friday after a suspicious fire gutted a Kings Beach garage door company Feb. 8, were charged with and arraigned for conspiracy to commit arson, Tuesday.
The owner of the Lakeside Overhead Door Company, Kevin F. O’Connor, 39, and an employee, Gregory Doble, 35, both face felony charges and will enter their pleas before the Tahoe Division of Placer County Superior Court today. Investigators believe Doble and O’Connor intentionally staged a burglary and set the business on fire, said Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum.
Doble sustained deep second-degree burns to his face, hands and legs when he was trapped in the burning building on the night of Feb. 8.
O’Connor was also arrested and charged last Friday for the attempted murder of Doble. However, at the arraignment Tuesday, the district attorney dropped the charge due to insufficient evidence,Granum said.
The building was believed to have been “booby trapped” in order to trap Doble inside, Granum said.
Arriving in a wheelchair Doble was brought before Judge Robert A. Barclay on Tuesday with bandages on his hands and a blanket covering his burned legs.
He then asked Judge Barclay if he could have counsel appointed to him before he entered a plea and if he could have a bail review.
“I’m not getting that good of care in jail. I’d like to be home to take care of my wounds,” Doble said.
Both men will appear separately in court today and enter their pleas. Council will represent both men. Bail is currently set at $50,000 for Doble and O’Connor each. The men were arrested last Friday at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento where Doble was being treated for his burns.
They are currently being held at the Placer County Jail in Auburn. Doble is in the medical ward.
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