BUCKHANNON — Officials met in Upshur County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon to set dates for the upcoming trial of an arson case that has been pending since 2019.
Jamie Lynn Pugh, age 44, still stands accused of arson after allegedly starting a fire on his neighbor’s Little Sand Run property on March 30, 2019. Along with his attorney James Hawkins, Pugh came before Judge Jacob Reger for a pre-trial hearing on July 8.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle, the defendant has been offered multiple plea agreement deals and has denied each of them. Court documents said Pugh eventually revealed that he started the fire with a lighter for unknown reasons. Despite allegedly giving a confession to authorities during the course of the investigation, Pugh was adamant Thursday that his case proceeds to trial.
In November 2019, Magistrate Mike Coffman set Pugh’s bond in the amount of $10,000. As a further condition of bond, Pugh was prohibited from responding to emergencies as the Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department Chief. If convicted, Pugh may be fined $500 to $5,000 or imprisoned not less than one nor more than five years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
An in-person Jury selection is set for July 19 and just a few short days later, the trial is scheduled to begin on July 21, 2021. Follow The Record Delta for updates as this case unfolds.