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Waupaca County Court Makes Probable Cause Finding in Arson Prosecution


WAUPACA - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a former firefighter, Christopher Doering, was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing on December 14, 2009, before the Honorable Judge Hoffman in Waupaca County Circuit Court.  Doering is charged with Arson of a building in connection with a fire at his Waupaca County home in 2005.   


According to the criminal complaint filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Doering was home alone on the evening of September 1, 2005.  Doering stated that the lights flickered and he reset a fuse.  He then noticed fire in his bedroom closet.  Doering stated that he tried to put the fire out but was unsuccessful.  Doering stated he was familiar with fires as he previously served as a firefighter.   


According to the criminal complaint, the clothing worn by Doering on the evening of September 1, 2005, was collected by law enforcement.  A Wisconsin State Crime lab analysis of Doering's shoes and blue jeans revealed the presence of a volatile mixture consistent with gasoline.   

The criminal complaint was filed in Waupaca County on September 30, 2009. 


The case is set for a status conference on January 27, 2010, before Judge Hoffman.   


Assistant Attorneys General Erik Peterson and Eric Defort are representing the state as special prosecutors in this matter.  Doering enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The state must prove its allegations at trial.