Las Vegas Puppy Shop Owner Who Set Store On Fire With 27 Dogs Inside's Accomplice to Stand Trial
By Maxine Wally | Feb 20, 2014 02:30 PM EST
The second suspect in a Las Vegas arson case will soon stand trial.
27-year-old Kirk Bills has been accused of setting pet shop Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique on fire with 27 dogs trapped inside.
Bills reportedly committed arson with the owner of the store, Gloria Eun Hye Lee.
According to the Associated Press, Bills was brought into the Clark County jail on Wednesday. He'll make his first appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday. Up until Thursday, Bills was being held in an Indiana jail cell following his Feb. 7 arrest in the town of Crown Point.
Bills faces a host of charges, including felony and misdemeanor arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty, AP reported.
Lee has already received jail time for the crimes, according to a previous report by the Associated Press.
Justice of the Peace judge Janiece Marshall previously ruled Gloria Eun Hye Lee would spend time behind bars while awaiting her first hearing on Feb. 24. Lee's bail was set at $310,000 - a $27,000 jump from the initial bail of $40,000.
Animal rights protesters commended the Las Vegas judge's decision earlier this month, calling the former business owner a danger to the community.
Prosecutor Shanon Clowers told the judge at the time that Lee, along with Bills, were responsible for the blaze. Authorities referred to surveillance video that they said depicted Lee and Bills igniting the fire.
Lee was charged with 31 counts of conspiracy, burglary, attempted animal cruelty and arson, after she reportedly set fire to Prince and Princesses with 27 puppies locked inside. Firefighters managed to bring all the puppies out alive, AP reported.
Lee's attorney stated that her client intends on fighting the charges.