Man attempts to burn down Lawrence Motel

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A 57-year-old man accused of trying to burn down a Lawrence motel has been found fit to stand trial.

Richard Coker appeared in court yesterday for a preliminary hearing.Coker is charged with one count of aggravated arson for allegedly trying to set fire to the Jayhawk Motel in north Lawrence in April.

The district judge said that while there wasn’t a big fire or substantial risk to bodily harm, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t aggravated arson. He’s in court again August 1st

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