A Lawrence man who is facing two arson charges was granted a request for a psychiatric evaluation during a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.
Glen M. Snodgrass, 38, 712 Ark., is charged with a felony count of aggravated arson and a felony count of arson in connection with fires set Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at two Lawrence businesses. He was booked into jail Sept. 5 and is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond.
Craig Stancliffe, a Lawrence attorney representing Snodgrass, Wednesday requested a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether Snodgrass is competent to stand trial. Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone granted the request for the evaluation, which will be conducted at the jail by an analyst from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Witnesses told fire investigation squad detectives, including Douglas County Sheriff's officers, Lawrence police detectives and Lawrence firefighters, last week that they had seen Snodgrass in the area of the EZ Shop convenience store, 1414 W. Sixth, after a fire about 7 p.m. Sept. 3 in the women's restroom there.
Snodgrass also allegedly was in the area of the Easy Wash Laundry, 1215 W. Sixth, after a fire in the women's restroom at about 6 p.m. Sept. 4.
A mental competency hearing for Snodgrass has been scheduled for next Wednesday.