Albaugh Arson Hearing Continued

A preliminary hearing for Timothy Albaugh, who has been charged with arson for allegedly setting his Olive Avenue house on fire in January, was continued Thursday in Marshall County Magistrate Court.

According to Marshall County Prosecutor Jeff Cramer, the continuance means Albaugh will not have a preliminary hearing. However, the case will be presented at the county’s next grand jury on Tuesday in Marshall County Circuit Court.

Once the case is reviewed by a grand jury, a preliminary hearing does not need to be held, Cramer said.

Albaugh, 32, was arrested for arson last month after an investigative team from the state Fire Marshal’s office found several cans of gasoline a the home at 121 Olive Ave. following a Jan. 10 fire.

Police reported Albaugh admitted to drinking heavily the day of the fire and a toxicology report later revealed Albaugh had also taken benzodiazepine and opiates. Albaugh was the only person in the house at the time and sustained several second-degree burns on his arms, back and torso.

He could face two-to-20 years in prison if convicted.