UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Yvette Kimber, murder and arson suspect, has been found competent to stand trial. She appeared in court Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of murder and and one count of aggravated arson.
Kimber, 45, has been accused of burning down The Boulders Apartments in Provo back in March. Karen Murray and Catherine Crane were killed in the fire. Another woman broke her pelvis jumping out of the building to escape the flames.
Victims and friends of the deceased also were in court Wednesday to support their friends and neighbors. They hope to be a factor in the judge's decision.
Kimber was originally charged with arson, but later investigators changed it to murder when Kimber admitted she purposely tried to start the fire. Court documents show she originally took pills, drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and thought she could start a fire by falling alseep with a cigarette in her hand. After that failed, she lit paper and her couch on fire. Kimber claims she changed her mind after starting the blaze and alerted her neighbors of the danger.
Kimber will be back in court next week.