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Man accused of Bedford Middle School fire competent to stand trial

Daniel Flint faces two felony charges related to the trial

The case against the man suspected of setting the fire at the old Bedford Middle School almost one year ago is moving forward.
The case against the man suspected of setting the fire at the old Bedford Middle School almost one year ago is moving forward.

BEDFORD, Va – Nearly one year after the old Bedford Middle School was set on fire, the suspected arsonist appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Flint is facing two felony charges of arson and burglary.

Daniel Flint is facing two felony charges of arson and burglary. (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

This broke out on Jan. 23 of this year. During court, the judge ruled that Flint is competent to stand trial.

Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance says the coronavirus pandemic has caused a setback in court-related issues.

“Bedford County has still not had authorization for jury trials here and those have been postponed since March so we attempt and the commonwealth attorney attempts to treat every incarcerated individual as if it’s an emergency hearing,” Nance said.

Flint’s new preliminary trial date is set for Jan. 25 in Bedford County General District Court.


About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.