(Atlantic) A trial date has been set for the Omaha, Nebraska couple charged with setting fire to an Atlantic home.
According to courts online, 29-year-old Elizabeth Kautter, and 27-year-old William Kautter, each charged with one count of First Degree Arson, are both set to go to trial on March 26. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for February 25. William Kautter also faces six counts of Attempt to Commit Murder.
Atlantic Firefighters were called to the fire at 601 East 6th Street at around 8:50 p.m. on the night of December 14, 2010. Upon arrival, firefighters observed a fire had ignited on the front porch and quickly spread into the home’s main entrance. At the time, the homeowners Myron and Jolynne Gill, as well as one of their adult children and three juvenile females were home. All six escaped without harm.
An investigation by the Atlantic Police Department, Atlantic Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office revealed the fire was caused by the use of ignitable gasoline which had been poured across the front door and porch of the Gill home. The fire was classified as arson.
According to court records, William and Elizabeth Kautter indicate that prior to the fire William Kautter had made several harassing phone calls, threatened physical harm and death to the Gill family. In addition, cell phone records indicate the couple traveled to Iowa from Omaha on the night of the fire, and Elizabeth Kautter was seen purchasing gasoline at an Atlantic area gas station on December 14, 2010.
In connection with this incident, William Kautter was arrested and charged in May, 2012, for making terroristic threats. In August, 2012 he plead guilty to lesser charge.
January 9, 2013