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Two held on bond in suspected arson

THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Two men who police say helped a murder suspect burn his victim’s home were ordered to stay in jail on $100,000 bond Wednesday.

Detectives say Mark A. Hoffman, 23, told them he went to William F. Hanel’s home with Ryan D. Corkery, 27, and knew Corkery planned to burn the home to hide evidence of a murder, according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

Hoffman identified Eric M. Andersen, 45, as an accomplice and told police he hadn’t stopped the men from burning the home, nor had he called police.

Andersen told police he knew Corkery and Hoffman but “denied being involved in the arson,” police wrote.

Corkery, has said he killed Hanel, 56, Oct. 8 or Oct. 9 because Hanel molested him and a relative. Hanel’s body was discovered in his burning home at 12036 S. Player Drive on Oct. 12.

The three men remained in Spokane County Jail on first-degree arson charges Wednesday night. Corkery also is charged with first-degree murder.

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