Seldon Everett Turnbull, of Buena Vista, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of third degree arson, a Class 4 felony and Insurance fraud, a Class 5 felony, in the fire that destroyed three cabins at Pinon Court Cabins, 227 U.S. 24 in Buena Vista.
The fire took place in the early morning hours of March 17, 2017 when three cabins at the far back corner of the complex burned with flames reaching more than 20 feet high.
The fire was investigated as a possible arson by Buena Vista Police Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
Arson and fraud charges were filed May 23, against Turnbull and three others allegedly involved in the incident: Damien Turnbull, Serenity Nilsen and Joshua Lorenz, by 11th Judicial District Attorney Molly Chilson.
The arson charge alleges on or about March 17, 2017, Turnbull unlawfully and feloniously, by means of fire or explosive, intentionally damaged property with the intent to defraud Auto Owners Insurance.
The insurance fraud charge alleges Turnbull “unlawfully and feloniously, and with the intent to defraud, presented or caused to be presented a claim for loss or injury which contained false material information or withheld material information.”
Trial dates of July 22-24 have been set for Turnbull, with a plea cut off of 1:30 p.m. June 17.
The other three defendants have a review with appearance of parties set for 9:30 a.m. April 1.