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Hearing delayed for man arrested in pet store fire

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Defendant Kirk Bills, alleged as a co-conspirator in the arson of a pet store, makes his first appearance before Las Vegas Township Court Judge Janiece Marshall at the Regional Justice Center Friday, February 21, 2014.

Puppy Arson Co-conspirator In Court

Defendant Kirk Bills, alleged as a co-conspirator in the arson of a pet store, sits in court waiting to appear before Las Vegas Township Court Judge Janiece Marshall at the Regional Justice Center Friday, February 21, 2014. Launch slideshow »

A man accused of helping a pet store owner set her shop on fire, nearly killing 27 puppies, will wait until next week to argue for bail.

Las Vegas Township Judge Janiece Marshall, at a hearing this morning, continued the case against Kirk Bills, 27, until Monday to give Bills time to secure an attorney.

Defense attorney Roger Bailey appeared in court for Bills and told the judge his firm needed to work out a few details before taking on the case.

Bills and store owner Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 35, are charged with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, 27 counts of attempted cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.

Sprinklers extinguished the fire Jan. 27 at the Prince and Princesses Pet Shop, 6870 S. Rainbow Boulevard, and Clark County firefighters were able to rescue the puppies.

Lee is scheduled to be in Clark County District Court on Monday for arraignment. Her attorney, Ozzie Fumo, has said she planned to plead not guilty.

Bills was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday after being apprehended on Feb. 7 in Crown Point, Ind.

Bills and Lee remain jailed.

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