‘Who will take care of my kids?’: Suspect in arson of Rock Hill martial arts studio denied bond

Robert Allen Lester, 27, was charged Tuesday with arson, conspiracy and burglary for the June 2009 fire at Pak’s Martial Arts Fitness Center. A judge denied bond during a hearing Tuesday.
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Robert Allen Lester, 27, was charged Tuesday with arson, conspiracy and burglary for the June 2009 fire at Pak’s Martial Arts Fitness Center. A judge denied bond during a hearing Tuesday.
Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.