On Tuesday, Brad Easter waived his right to a preliminary hearing in his arson cases.
As a result, the case was bound over to the circuit court level for trial setting. His next court date in the arson case is Feb. 21 before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte for arraignment.
Easter, 29, of Park Hills, and Dale R. Hamor, 22, who were Park Hills firefighters, are charged with six counts of second-degree arson. Hamor’s preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 14. Another firefighter, David Kenneth Radford, 21, is charged with second-degree attempted arson. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
Also on Tuesday, Easter waived his right to an arraignment or formal reading of the charges in his other case. Easter and Christopher Rhodes, a former Madison County 911 dispatcher and area firefighter, are charged with the Class B felony of unlawful use of a weapon for firing a gun at deer from a vehicle. Rhodes’ arraignment is scheduled Jan. 16.
It was the investigation of the shooting of deer which led to confessions in the arson investigation. Easter and Hamor admitted setting six fires at five different addresses in and near Park Hills.
Last week, Easter’s public defender withdrew after a private attorney, David Rosener, entered the case.