Man accused of Walmart arson will appear before a jury in May

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A jury trial is scheduled for two days in May for a man accused of setting a fire inside North Walmart on December 13.

Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Ells will appear before a jury in Burleigh County on May 5 and 6.

Prosecutors say Ells lit a bible on fire in the garden area of the store.

Police say Ells admitted he started the fire, saying it was a distraction so he could steal items from the store.

The cost of damage to the store was approximately $300,000.

Ells is charged with arson and endangering by fire of explosion.