Judge reverses decision in pet shop arson case

A judge has decided that the woman facing animal cruelty charges in the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique fire cannot leave the state for a memorial service.

On Monday, District Judge David Barker allowed Gloria Lee to travel to Los Angeles between Sept. 19 and 23 to attend a service for her late father, who died in 2005.

But apparently after reviewing conditions of Lee’s bail, the judge recalled the case Wednesday and questioned the accuracy of her request to leave Nevada, according to prosecutor Shanon Clowers.

In the motion requesting her temporary reprieve from house arrest, Lee’s lawyers attached a letter from a Chickie’s Bail Bonds, Inc., a Santa Montica, Calif.-based company that said it posted her $340,000 bail.

“Gloria has been a model client checking in with our office every Tuesday,” the letter stated, adding that Lee both called and texted agents.

But according to court records, Goodfellas Bail Bonds in Las Vegas posted Lee’s bail in April.

Defense attorney Ozzie Fumo said Lee’s family helped post her bail through the company in California, and that company had a Las Vegas agent make the payment.

Fumo told the judge that Lee attends the annual memorial service as part of Korean tradition.

Lee and Kirk Bills are charged with 27 counts of attempted animal cruelty along with burglary and arson in the January fire.

Prosecutors say Bills and Lee can be seen on surveillance video from the pet shop that shows a woman letting a man with dreadlocks into the shop. The man splashed gasoline and kerosene onto the animal cages and tried to start a fire as the woman pulled documents from the business and collected empty fuel cans before the fire was set.

The blaze was quickly extinguished by a sprinkler system in the store, and the dogs survived unharmed.

Contact reporter David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter: @randompoker.

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