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February 16, 2019

2/4/2019 12:47:00 PM
Third teen charged in arson case

Zachery Lane Matney, who will turn 18 on Feb. 13, is facing 13 charges having to do with fires set in the Paris Crossing area, one of which destroyed a home at 4800 W CR 1100S, Paris Crossing on Dec. 1. Matney and two other young men, Taylor Corya, 19, 9385 S 75W, Deputy, and Tristan McDonald, 19, 4450 N CR 350W, North Vernon, are all charged with three counts of arson and three counts of burglary, all level 4 felonies; three counts of criminal trespass, A misdemeanors; and three counts of criminal mischief, B misdemeanors.

Additionally, Matney is charged with theft of a firearm (an AR 15), a Level 6 felony; and McDonald and Corya are both charged with theft (of a cat condo), an A misdemeanor.

The teens were identified via video cameras placed outside the home at 4800 W CR 1100S after it was burglarized on April 28, 2018. In that theft, several items were taken, including Andersen double pane windows and some tools.

During the investigation, it was reported that Matney told a co-worker at Taco Bell that "he was the one burning down the houses," according to the deputy's report. When asked why he was doing that, he reportedly told the co-worker "he was bored."

The three were arrested Jan. 4 and Corya and McDonald were formally charged Jan. 9.

Corya bonded out of jail that day and has hired Bill Dillon to represent him. His jury trial is scheduled to start Aug. 12.

The county will be paying for McDonald's defense lawyer, Pat Magrath. His bond was set at $40,000 and he remains in jail. His jury trial is set to start April 29.

Matney was initially taken to Bartholomew County Youth Services Center in Columbus when he was arrested. He was transferred to the local jail on Jan. 23 and formally charged Jan. 25. No other information concerning the case has been determined.

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