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October 1, 2014

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Hearing reset in puppy shop arson case

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Steve Marcus

Kirk Bills and Gloria Lee are charged in the Jan. 27, 2014, arson fire at Prince and Princess Pet Boutique. The two are shown during a Clark County District Court on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Suspects in Pet Shop Fire Plead Not Guilty

Pet shop owner Gloria Lee appears in court at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Lee and co-defendant Kirk Bills pleaded not guilty to charges of torching the pet shop where 27 puppies were rescued, and a judge rejected a bid for lower bail. Launch slideshow »

Rescued Puppies

Yorkshire terrier puppies look out from a kennel at the Animal Foundation Campus, 655 N. Mojave Road, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The puppies were rescued during a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop on Jan. 27. Launch slideshow »

A judge postponed hearing a challenge of criminal arson and other charges filed against a pet shop owner and a co-defendant accused of torching a store where 27 puppies were rescued.

Clark County District Judge David Barker on Wednesday also pushed trial back one week, to July 14, for Gloria Eun Hye Lee and Kirk Bills.

Lee and Bills each remain in jail on $310,000 bail.

Their rescheduled May 5 hearing will be on a claim that the 31-count indictment against them is flawed.

Each has pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty charges that carry the possibility of decades in state prison.

The two are accused of setting the fire early Jan. 27 at Lee's Prince and Princess pet shop.

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