Alleged Arsonist May Stand Trial

Alleged Arsonist May Stand Trial

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(Heber-AP) -- Fourth District Judge Donald Eyre will wait two weeks before deciding if Mazhar Tabesh must stand trial for a fire at his Alpine Lodge last July.

Tabesh is charged with a first-degree felony for aggravated arson in connection with a fire at the Heber City motel the night of July 21st.

Tabesh, a Pakistani Muslim, claims the fire is a hate crime and that his arrest -- on September eleventh, 2002 -- was motivated by racism.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Ron Yengich said there is not enough evidence against Tabesh to try him for the arson that caused 100 thousand dollars in damage.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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