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Man accused of arson also charged with attempted murder

March 11, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A man already accused of setting a fire that injured two people at his eastern Iowa home has been charged with attempted murder.

Buchanan County court records say charges of arson and third offense domestic assault also have been filed against 44-year-old Shane Heins. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Heins’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25.

Investigators say Heins set the fire March 2 in Independence in an effort to kill his wife, Christina Heins, and her uncle, Nick Necker. Both were taken for treatment to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

A witness reported seeing Shane Heins throwing items and furniture around the home and pouring gasoline around the wooden steps between the house and garage.