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Accused Hollywood Arsonist Appears Ill In Court
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Suspected Hollywood firebug Harry Burkhart, 24, appeared in a Los Angeles court Wednesday to answer 37 charges in a string of fires set in Hollywood, West Hollywood, and surrounding areas.
Burkhart, who used a German interpreter, appeared ill after entering the courtroom. He was twitching and leaning his head back, requiring the assistance of three deputies to stand and, even, hold his head up. The judge ordered photographers present to not take his picture.
It was reported earlier Wednesday that Burkhart was under suicide watch.
The accused fire starter faces 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure.
Prosecutor Sean Carney charged that Burkhart engaged “in what essentially amounts to a campaign of terror in this community.”
Carney said Burkhart is believed to have set “upwards of 52 arson fires.”