Convicted Library Arsonist to Represent Self
COLUMBIA (AP) - A federal judge says he will allow a man convicted of setting fires in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library and a Stephens College building to represent himself during sentencing and a possible appeal.
Christopher Kelley says his appointed federal defense attorney was ineffective, but he can't afford a different attorney and will have to defend himself. He has been in jail since his April conviction for setting fires in Ellis Library in September 2011 and at a Stephens building in May of that same year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Kelley continues to maintain his innocence despite being seen on surveillance video inside the library on the night it sustained about $1 million in fire damage.