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Boxer accused in pet store arson case due in court

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Kirk Bills appeared for an initial hearing in connection to a pet store arson case on Feb. 24, 2014. (FOX5) Kirk Bills appeared for an initial hearing in connection to a pet store arson case on Feb. 24, 2014. (FOX5)
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A preliminary hearing was slated Monday for a boxer accused of helping a pet store owner set fire to a shop with 27 puppies inside.

Bail was set at $310,000 last month for 27-year-old Kirk Bills, who was arrested in connection in the Jan. 27 arson case at the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique.

According to documents, investigators identified Bills as the person seen on security video dousing the pet store with gasoline before lighting a fire inside.

An affidavit said the store's owner, Gloria Lee, 35, opened a back door for Bills to set the business on fire. The puppies were safe, though, after an automatic sprinkler system doused the flames, investigators said.

Lee was arrested shortly after the fire and is being held at Clark County Detention Center also on $310,000 bail.Lee entered a not guilty plea on charges of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and 27 counts of attempted animal cruelty.

Bill was arrested on Feb. 7 in Indiana after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bills was charged with the same counts as Lee.

As for the canines in the case, a raffle slated to be held by the Clark County-controlled shelter housing the puppies was put on hold Friday after Lee's estranged husband and the pet store's co-owner Donald Thompson filed a lawsuit challenging ownership of the puppies.

Thompson's attorney said he wants the puppies to rescue organization A Home for Spot. A hearing about the lawsuit was scheduled for Tuesday.

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