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Woman accused in fire to be arraigned in January

A Bashaw mother accused of setting her house on fire in an attempt to kill her husband and children returns to court for arraignment early in January.

The 42-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the identities of her two children, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and two arson-related offences by police investigating a fire just before Christmas in 2010.

Represented by defence counsel Brian Beresh from Edmonton, the accused woman was supposed to have been arraigned in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.

However, the Crown is still awaiting results of a psychiatric assessment, said Crown prosecutor Anders Quist. Those results are needed before the Crown can determine how to proceed with the charges, said Quist.

The arraignment has therefore been adjourned to Jan. 7.

Arraignment is the formal process through which charges are read and the date and nature of a trial are finalized.

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