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Fitness exam completed in Quincy arson case

Lori Ann Thompson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 4:00 pm Updated: Dec. 5, 2018 4:06 pm

QUINCY -- A mental fitness examination has been completed for a Quincy woman facing multiple arson charges in several Quincy area fires.

Lori Ann Thompson, 55, underwent the examination with Springfield psychiatrist Dr. Terry Killian.

During a status hearing Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court, Judge Robert Adrian said the final report was not included in the court file.

Thompson's attorney, Tony Cameron, said he wanted Adrian to review the report before moving forward. He didn't think a fitness hearing was needed, but he mentioned an undisclosed issue that needed to be addressed.

In requesting a mental fitness exam in August, Cameron said the fires appeared to be an "elaborate suicide attempt."

A status hearing was set for Dec. 19.

Thompson was indicted July 6 on charges of aggravated arson and residential arson, alleging that she set a home at 2424 Curved Creek on fire on July 2 knowing people were at home.

At the time of her arrest, she was out on bond after her April 4 arrest after she was indicted March 29 on one count of aggravated arson and five counts of residential arson.

The Quincy Police Department said Thompson became a suspect after investigations into fires that occurred Dec. 1, 2016, at 2317 Waters Court and Oct. 4, 2017, at 3206 Rutledge Place. The Quincy Fire Department and insurance investigators assisted in the investigations.

During those investigations, police said they learned that Thompson was a suspect in three fires at 2436 Curved Creek Road in Adams County that occurred Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Nov. 10, 2016. The Tri-Township Fire Protection District responded to those fires.

Police said Thompson was a resident of each of the addresses when each fire occurred.

Thompson continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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