Webb City businessman Keith Erwin McBride is asking to have his next hearing on a federal arson charge delayed.
McBride, 51, is scheduled to go to trial in January 2006. His next court hearing is set for Oct. 5. In a motion filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, McBride's lawyer, Shane Cantin of Springfield, offers the following reasons for the delay:
-McBride is on bond and is in no hurry for a trial.
-Cantin has vacation scheduled from Oct. 4 through Oct. 14.
-Additional time is needed to investigate the case.
McBride was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on an arson charge today, according to U. S. Attorney Todd P. Graves. McBride was the owner of the Coin-Op business, 302 W. 4th Street, Webb City, which he allegedly burned to the ground April 14, the same morning he also allegedly burned his home in Duenweg to the ground.
McBride was arrested later that day following a stand-off at a warehouse that lasted for several hours. According to an affidavit filed in federal court, McBride had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and threatened to kill himself. He claims he did not do so because the gun failed to work. Eventually, the police used tear gas and McBride surrendered.
The indictment was filed after McBride underwent a psychiatric examination in Springfield.