URBANA – Two rural Urbana men are accused of setting fire to the mobile home where they had been living.
Christopher Miller, 21, and Chuckie D. Duckworth both face charges of residential arson and arson, stemming from a fire in the 1600 block of Olympian Road that occurred Aug. 22.
Miller, who bonded out after posting bail over the weekend on bond of $5,000, was arraigned Monday on the charges, which accuse him and Duckworth of setting fire to the mobile home and setting fire to the property. Miller is due to return to court with an attorney Nov. 27.
Court records show Miller pleaded guilty in June to a separate charge of arson and was sentenced to two years of probation from an incident in May 2005.
Duckworth was arraigned on the charges Friday and also released on bail on bond of $2,500 over the weekend. Duckworth pleaded innocent and is due to return to court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 14.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said in court Monday that a mobile home was partially damaged in the fires.
Champaign County Sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said the two had been living at the mobile home and reported nearly $48,000 damage to the mobile home and contents. Investigation showed that separate fires started in each of the two bedrooms, which was suspicious, Ogle said.