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Associated Press, Published November 09 2012

ND man pleads not guilty to setting church fire

BISMARCK — A North Dakota man is accused of setting fire to a church on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Phoenix Martinenz pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday on charges of arson and burglary. Trial was scheduled for Jan. 15.

Authorities say Martinez tried to burn down the St. James Episcopal Church in Cannonball on July 25.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller ordered Martinez held in jail pending the results of a detention hearing on Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.