Lincoln Man Charged With Arson in Court

The Lincoln man accused in two arson cases over the weekend was arraigned in court Monday. The fires were intentionally set at apartment buildings early Saturday morning. Lincoln police arrested Emmitt Murray for first degree arson, and now he could be looking at up to 50 years in prison.

41 year old Emmitt Murray now faces felony arson charges following two apartment fires over the weekend. Yellow crime scene tape still surrounds the building where the more serious of the two fires took place. Residents here near 16th and “M” say they had their suspicions about who was behind the trouble. Emmitt Murray had recently been evicted from an apartment at 134 south 17th street, the site of the other arson case. Court documents indicate Murray told police officers he wasn't feeling “right” in the head and that he was trained by the military to do what he did, and did not care if children died. A scary statement considering there were a number of children living at 16th and “M”.

Apartment owners got their first glimpse inside their homes since the fire Monday. Much of the blaze was contained to the buildings stairwell, but the damage did spread to some apartments.

The judge cited the serious nature of the crime for setting bail at 250-thousand dollars. Murray will next appear in court on October 4th.