La Crosse man suspected in George St. arson pleads not guilty
The man accused of setting fires in a condemned La Crosse house last summer pleaded not guilty Thursday to an arson charge.
Patrick Pedretti was given a $1,000 signature bond, as he awaits a trial date.
Attorney Vincent Rust said in court that Pedretti was unstable when the fires occurred in July but has since stabilized. The prosecution said mental health concerns were the reason for keeping the 44-year-old in jail.
Pedretti was living in the house on George Street and was upset that it was condemned. He’s accused of setting baseball cards, newspapers and cardboard on fire in a bathtub and sink, causing moderate fire damage.
Investigators traced the fire to Pedretti, after seeing his name on one burned piece of paper.