Lake Christine fire case sent to District Court. Richard Miller, Allison Marcus back in court Jan. 23

Randy Wyrick
Vail Daily
Stan Garnett, left, has a quick word with his client Allison Marcus, second from left, and Richard Miller, second from right, as they leave court Tuesday morning. Marcus and Miller are accused of sparking the Lake Christine Fire. Their case was bound over to District Court, where they'll appear at 9 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2019.
Randy Wyrick | Vail Daily

EAGLE — The pair accused of sparking the Lake Christine fire will take their case to district court.

Richard Miller and Allison Marcus will appear before District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman at 9 a.m., Jan. 23.

The case was sent from county court to district court during a brief hearing Tuesday morning. Stan Garnett, Marcus’ attorney, said they need the time to collect the rest of the evidence — called “discovery” — to be presented against his client and Miller during trial. No trial date has been set yet.

Miller and Marcus, both 23, each face three charges of fourth-degree arson, a Class 4 felony, and setting fire to woods or prairie, a Class 6 felony.

Craig Miller, Richard’s father, isn’t facing charges directly related to the fire. Instead, he was arrested for his alleged conduct when Eagle County deputies received an anonymous tip July 14 that his son and Marcus were at his home in Missouri Heights.

District Attorney Bruce Brown told The Aspen Times that his office has established procedure against arranging plea bargains with people who allegedly violate fire restrictions.

Miller and Marcus are free on a $7,500 bond each.

What police say happened

Marcus and Miller were allegedly at the shooting range near Basalt firing tracer rounds shortly before 6 p.m. on July 3. The public range was open despite fire restrictions banning everything from charcoal grill fires to outdoor smoking. However, firing tracer ammunition is always banned, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which owns and operates the shooting range.

Marcus told the authorities that she “caused it and was sorry. Marcus said she called into 911 to report the fire,” the affidavit says.

Marcus said she had been shooting a rifle, while Miller said he was firing a shotgun.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and