Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Shelter Fire Suspects Indicted.(Final)

Byline: Katie Burford Journal Staff Writer

Slaying Plot Also Alleged in Case

Two suspects in a Thanksgiving Day fire that gutted a drop-in center for homeless youth have been indicted on arson charges.

Jerry Pearce and Joe Guzman, both 25, are scheduled for arraignment Monday on charges of arson, attempting to commit arson and conspiracy in connection with the fire at the Youth in Transition center. The indictments were handed down by a grand jury last week.

Police say Pearce was the target of a murder plot by YIT director Donna Rowe. Police accuse Rowe of instructing Pearce, a former YIT volunteer, to burn down the center and then later trying to have him killed for fear he would tell investigators. …

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