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Quincy woman charged in multiple fires set to enter new plea

Lori Thompson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 3:50 pm Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 4:44 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy woman charged in multiple residential fires is expected to enter a plea next month.

Lori Ann Thompson was in Adams County Circuit Court on Thursday for a motion hearing on hiring a psychiatrist for the defense as well as severing charges in two separate cases, but attorneys said they had worked out most of a plea agreement.

Thompson's attorney, Tony Cameron, said agreement was set outside of "one modest detail apart." She will return to court Feb. 1 for a plea hearing.

Thompson, 55, faces two counts of aggravated arson and six counts of residential arson in connection with several residential fires starting in 2016.

She is accused of starting fires Oct. 4, 2017, at 3206 Rutledge Place; July 2, 2018, at 2424 Curved Creek; Dec. 1, 2016, at 2317 Waters Court; Nov. 8 and 10, 2016, at 2436 Curved Creek; and Oct. 11, 2016, at 2436 Curved Creek.

At an August status hearing, Cameron said it appeared the fires were an "elaborate suicide attempt."

A mental fitness examination was completed by Springfield psychiatrist Dr. Terry Killian, who, according to Cameron's written motion, found "some mitigation" in Thompson's mental state but was unable to explore it because an Adams County sheriff's deputy would not give him privacy with her.

Thompson is being held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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