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Soquel Woman Found Half-Naked in Burning Home Pleads Not Guilty to Arson and Burglary

Marian Kadmiri, 20, appeared dazed in court, and had a public defender make her plea.

Soquel resident Marian Elamri Kadmiri, 20, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to arson and burglary charges resulting from a fire at a Live Oak home.

On Jan. 13, firefighters responded to a fire at 60 Geoffrey Drive, and found Kadmiri half-naked, covered in soot and standing at the back of the house, Patch reported. Her family had reported her missing earlier in the day. 

She wasn’t injured, but appeared disoriented, and was taken to Dominican Hospital because it was believed she posed a danger to herself.  

On Wednesday at Santa Cruz Superior Court, Kadmiri also appeared dazed, so public defender Jon Minsloff entered not guilty pleas on her behalf, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

The two-alarm fire utilized crews from the Scotts Valley Fire Department, Santa Cruz Fire Department, Aptos-La Selva Fire Department and Central Fire.

Kadmiri also faces charges of vandalizing and burglarizing a vacation home on 26th Ave. She is due back in Santa Cruz County Superior Court for another hearing on Feb. 20. 

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