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Doctors to examine man accused of arson

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A judge on Monday ordered that a 40-year-old Stevens Point man accused of setting his apartment on fire be examined by doctors to determine whether he was competent to stand trial.

The development forced Monday's scheduled preliminary hearing for Roy Strait to be indefinitely postponed.

Strait is charged with three felonies - arson and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety - in the March 4 fire in Stevens Point that forced two people to be rescued and destroyed a home remodeled into four apartments.

Strait told authorities that he set his apartment on fire with gasoline because he felt alone and wanted to go back to prison, the criminal complaint said.

Strait's attorney filed the motion seeking the competency examination, according to online Portage County court records, and a competency hearing was set for May 27.

According to police, when officers took a neighbor of Strait's who had been displaced by the fire to the Point Motel for the night, Strait approached them, the complaint said.

"I guess you're here for me," Strait told the officer, showing him four bags he had with him that he described as "prison stuff," the complaint said.

Strait told the officer he was going back to prison "because I started the fire...with gasoline and my candle lighter," the complaint said.

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