The man accused of burning down a Cottage Grove home before a convicted sex offender could move in appeared in court Thursday.
Russell A. Speigle, 50, was in court for a bond hearing, but no charges have been officially filed.
Prosecutors asked for a $500 cash bond, but Speigle’s attorney claimed his client is not a flight risk, and that he was in Muscoda visiting his parents when he was arrested Monday night.
“He had been in custody two days, not free to leave. He didn’t voluntarily admit himself and yet, four days later, there’s no criminal complaint because they don’t have enough facts upon which to charge him,” Speigle’s attorney, Bruce Rosen, said.
The judge agreed, and released Speigle on a signature bond Thursday afternoon.