Man pleads not guilty in arson caseA 21-year-old Dickinson man has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglarizing and setting fire to a local church.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A 21-year-old Dickinson man has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglarizing and setting fire to a local church.
Joshua Whitworth is charged with arson, burglary and theft of property. He entered the plea Monday during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse.
The Dickinson Press reports that a criminal complaint accuses Whitworth of entering the Church of Christ in East Dickinson in December and stealing about $130. The complaint also accuses him of starting a fire in an attempt to destroy evidence of his entry.
Church of Christ member and preacher Dean Adams said the cost to replace the church hasn’t been established, but it will be well over $100,000.
His wife, Sherry Adams, said much of the cost will be covered by insurance.