Man charged with arson, burglary at homicide victim's home

Credit: Ada County Jail

Steven Roberts III

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by KTVB

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Posted on October 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 6:19 PM

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BOISE -- A Boise man accused of setting fire to a Boise Bench home where a 74-year-old woman was found murdered last summer was in court today to be arraigned.

Steven Roberts III, 42, had the formal charges of first-degree arson and burglary read to him.

He's accused of setting fire to a home on Randolph Drive on Sept. 1, 2012.  That's the same house where 74-year-old Phyllis Ward was found dead on July 23, 2012.

Investigators say there is no connection between the two crimes.

Roberts will be back in court in two weeks to enter a plea.

He's currently being held in the Ada County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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