Tuesday, August 5, 2003

OSU arson suspect denied bail

Police say man threatened to burn houses, make witnesses 'disappear'

By John McCarthy
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The man accused of setting a fire that killed five college students has threatened at least two possible witnesses in the case, a prosecutor said Monday.

Robert Lucky Patterson, 20, remained jailed after Franklin County Municipal Judge Steven Hayes denied him bail at a hearing Monday.

The denial followed testimony by a detective who said Patterson had threatened witnesses to the April 13 fire.

Patterson had threatened to set fire to the homes of at least two people, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

Patterson was charged Friday with five counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder and nine counts of aggravated arson for setting the fire that killed two Ohio State University students and three from Ohio University-including Andrea Kali Dennis, 20, of Madeira and Kyle Raulin, 20, of West Chester Township.

The students had been celebrating one victim's birthday at a party.

Police Detective Mike McCann testified at Patterson's bail hearing that Patterson had "offered to make at least one of the people disappear." He would not elaborate after the hearing.

Patterson, of Columbus, did not speak during the five-minute hearing.

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