Victim wont be charged for now in Camas fire

first_imgA 19-year-old man, injured and displaced April 30 by a fire at his parents’ Camas home, won’t be charged, for now, with felony reckless burning for allegedly starting the fire while trying to destroy his bank statements.Brian Murray was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree reckless burning. Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said he filed paperwork today to exonerate Murray pending further review of evidence. That essentially means Murray’s legal future is in limbo until prosecutors decide whether charges are warranted.“We felt we couldn’t review everything thoroughly enough by 2 p.m.,” Robinson said Monday. Prosecutors have 72 hours to charge someone with a crime after he or she is arrested. The deadline to charge Murray was 2 p.m. Monday. If prosecutors charge him later, they will summon him back to court, Robinson said.The prosecutor said he received the Camas fire marshal’s report on the fire after business hours Friday. He reviewed it on Sunday but needs more time to discuss legal issues of the case with fellow prosecutors, “so we can make sure we make a sound and informed charging decision,” Robinson said.He said he isn’t sure when a decision will be made. A decision could come this week or take longer.In the meantime, Murray’s attorney has advised him to continue life as usual, said his mother, Patricia Jensen.Murray, a recent Army recruit, plans to head off to basic training as soon as possible, she said. “He’s very relieved that at least he can go.”last_img