The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

November 1, 2012

Jury finds man guilty of first-degree arson

CLINTON — An Elwood man will spend as much as 25 years in prison for first-degree arson.

Ricky Hull Jr., 34, was found guilty Wednesday morning of starting a fire at his Elwood residence while manufacturing methamphetamine.

Throughout the trial, which began Monday, Hull did not deny that he was responsible for the fire that damaged the apartment at 1808 129th St., Elwood, on May 26. He did not deny that once the fire started he fled from the scene despite knowing that his girlfriend and her young child were in the duplex at the time.

Hull and his attorney Bruce Ingham did deny that he was involved with the manufacturing of meth. During closing statements on Wednesday, Ingham asked the jury to consider if the state had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hull had been manufacturing meth. He questioned the items the state had found which they used as evidence, such as clippers and lithium batteries. He also pointed out that no one reported fumes related to manufacturing meth.

“There was no meth lab operation in that upstairs bathroom,” Ingham said.

Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf reminded the jury of the pieces of evidence the state presented to the court. He went over the items found in the bathroom and near the residence that are related to the manufacturing of meth.

He reminded the jurors of Hull’s girlfriend’s testimony which put him in the bathroom right before the fire broke out. Coffee filters in the bathroom later tested positive for meth. Wolf reminded the jury that testimony stated that Hull and his girlfriend did not even have a coffee maker.

He asked the jury to use common sense and find Hull guilty of first-degree arson.

“Once it’s ready for market, the manufacturing process is over,” Ingham said.

Ingham maintained that just because meth was found, it is not proof of it being manufactured by Hull. He asked the jury not to base their decision on if they liked the defendant, but on whether the evidence showed he was guilty.

Jurors ultimately found Hull guilty and he was taken into custody and held in the Clinton County jail without bail. His sentencing has been set for Nov. 29.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • Minnick New director at Ashford CLINTON -- Ashford University has appointed a new vice president/campus director of its Clinton campus. Charlie Minnick has been appointed for the position. He has been in the position on an interim basis since Jan. 1. Ashford University Provost Lori

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

    April 19, 2014

  • McEleney McEleney elected to insurance board CLINTON -- A car dealership owner recently earned a spot on a national insurance board. John McEleney, of Clinton and owner of McEleney Motors, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federated Insurance Companies. The election took place this w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades Herald Staff Report Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades

    April 19, 2014

  • L'Kings keep Hot Rods cold BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- There's nothing like jumping on a team when it's down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night. For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, th

    April 19, 2014

  • Way of the Cross photo The Way of the Cross By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer The Way of the Cross

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

    A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.

    State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.

    April 18, 2014

  • More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl

    April 18, 2014

  • Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning

    April 18, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook