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Woman pleads not criminally responsible for 2014 arson

Margaret Kate Duvall is charged with first- and second-degree arson, malicious burning, malicious destruction of property, reckless endangerment and trespassing. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1DHmVjA" target="newwin">http://bit.ly/1DHmVjA</a>
Margaret Kate Duvall is charged with first- and second-degree arson, malicious burning, malicious destruction of property, reckless endangerment and trespassing. Full story: http://bit.ly/1DHmVjA (HANDOUT)

A Westminster woman accused of setting fire to the East Main Street building housing On Our Own Carroll County Inc. and the Keeping the Change Thrift Shop in 2014 entered a plea of not criminally responsible Thursday.

Margaret Kate Duvall, 61, of no fixed address, is charged with first- and second-degree arson, malicious burning, malicious destruction of property, reckless endangerment and trespassing, according to electronic court files.

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The Office of the State Fire Marshall investigated the fire, which occurred at about 9:25 p.m. on April 13, 2014, according to court records.

The damage was limited to the rear exterior portion of the thrift store as well as moderate smoke and soot damage within the business, according to records.

Duvall is scheduled to be evaluated by a psychiatrist Tuesday, according to public defender Thomas Nugent Jr.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Hockensmith said Duvall has been unable to stand trial at points throughout the process due to mental health issues but both sides believed she was competent Thursday.

A new hearing will be scheduled after Duvall is evaluated and attorneys have the opportunity to review the findings.

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