MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – Latonya McCants appeared in court Monday morning, but her defense attorney requested to have her preliminary hearing reset so he could look at more evidence.
Fire investigators say they don’t believe the extension will make a difference in whether or not her case gets sent to a grand jury.
“I strongly believe that the evidence that we have at this time is strong enough to move forward with the case.”
McCants is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Arson. Fire investigators say she helped her fiance, Tyrone Malone, set fire to the home she rented on Greenlawn Drive in September.
McCants was arrested in October. Fire investigators say a few hours after the fire, Malone checked into Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Mississippi with severe burns. He was transferred to a burn unit in Birmingham. McCants told investigators Malone was burned in a workplace accident and that she didn’t know he was injured until the next day. However, according to fire investigators there is surveillance footage of McCants bringing Malone into Singing River Hospital just a few hours after the fire.
McCants contacted News 5 shortly after the fire asking us to share her GoFundMe account. She had told us Malone had been in a car accident and that was why he was in the hospital.
According to investigators, McCants admitted to knowing about Malone’s involvement in the fire after she was arrested, but claimed it was an accident and that she had nothing to do with it.
There is an active warrant for Malone’s arrest for arson. He is not yet in custody. McCants’ attorney told the court Monday that Malone is expected to turn himself in soon.
A preliminary hearing for McCants has been reset for January 31.