Arson suspect waives probable cause hearing

  • James Reardon, 20, of Greenville, waived his probable cause hearing at the Jaffrey district court on March 22, 2016 for charges related to allegedly intentionally setting a fire that burned down his mother's Greenville house. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) 

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 28, 2016

(Published in print: Thursday, March 24, 2016)

A Greenville man accused of burning down his mother’s home waived his right to a probable cause hearing at the Jaffrey District Court on Tuesday.

“We love you, Jimmy!” called out several family members and friends as James Reardon, 20, was led from the courtroom following his brief hearing.

Reardon said little, only giving one-word responses to questions from Judge L. Phillips Runyon III, indicating that he understood the implications of waiving his probable cause hearing and slight changes to his bail conditions.

Reardon is accused of deliberately starting a fire in the basement of his mother’s house, which he had just moved back into. The fire ultimately destroyed the entire home. Reardon was the only person home at the time and no one was injured. Reardon allegedly told fire investigators on the scene that he set the fire because he was angry at his mother.

Reardon has been held at the Hillsborough County Jail since his arrest following the fire on March 12.

While bail has been set at $5,000 cash or surety bail, Reardon has not made bail and his attorney, Suzanne Ketteridge, informed the court that he would likely remain in custody for the foreseeable future.

Runyon questioned if Reardon had a place to go if he were to be released, as his current bail conditions restrict him from contacting or residing with his mother. 

Ketteridge told the court that if released, they would ask that he be released to his father, who lives in Virginia, but added that they are not requesting that at this time.

At the request of Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Nicole Thorspecken, Runyon adjusted Reardon’s bail conditions to include a waiver of extradition.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.