Attorneys Set to Withdraw From Starke County Arson Case


Starke County Recycling owner James Campbell will soon be in the market for new attorneys, as the two who represented him in his recent arson trial plan to withdraw their representation due to a lack of payment.

The trial started with jury selection on March 16 and ended in the early morning hours of March 25 when the jury deadlocked after nearly 12 hours of deliberations. Starke County Recycling caught fire on March 20, 2014. Firefighters from eight local departments responded to the business on U.S. 35 at Toto Road and spent several hours battling the blaze. One firefighter was injured, which elevated the charge against Campbell to a Class A felony. If convicted he faces between 20 and 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Campbell was arrested on March 28, 2014. He was ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of his bond and cannot leave the state. A new trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 19. He’s due back in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday, July 16 for a status conference.