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November 23, 2014

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Puppy arson trial reset for October

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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 »

Trial for two suspects in a Las Vegas pet shop fire was delayed today by three months.

Clark County District Judge David Barker today set a new trial date of Oct. 6 for Gloria Lee and Kirk Bills, who are accused of setting the store ablaze on Jan. 27 so that Lee could collect insurance money. Trial for the two originally was scheduled to begin July 7.

Each faces more than 30 counts, including arson and attempted animal abuse, in the fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique at 6870 S. Rainbow Road. The store is now closed.

Lee, who owns the store, also was indicted by a Clark County grand jury on charges of arson with attempt to defraud an insurer, insurance fraud and attempted theft in connection with the fire.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Defense attorneys today argued that the 27 animal-cruelty charges – one for each dog that was in the shop during the fire – against the defendants should be consolidated into a single count, but Barker denied the request.

Lee is free after posting $340,000 bail in April. Bills remains jailed in the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $310,000.

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