Kasey Cardell Holt

Kasey Cardell Holt

Former Napa Valley College student Kasey Cardell Holt will stand trial for his suspected involvement in fires at the college and at a college employee’s home in 2015.

Judge Francisca P. Tisher found that there was sufficient cause to go to trial during a preliminary hearing in Napa County Superior Court last week, according to court documents.

Holt, 24, is suspected of starting both the fire in the college’s gymnasium and a related fire at the home of the school’s basketball coach. The Hercules man is facing charges of attempted murder, arson of inhabited structure, arson of a structure, and use of an explosive or destructive device as well as several special allegations.

Holt was arrested in El Sobrante on Sept. 30, 2016 – more than a year after the fires.

The college gym and the basketball coach’s office were both damaged in a fire on June 22, 2015. Firefighters at the scene found two broken windows – one by the doors at the gym’s north entrance and another at the coach’s office.

Firefighters were again dispatched to a suspected arson on June 28 at the home of the college's basketball coach. The fire caused damage to connected town homes and evidence of arson was found at the scene, police said.

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Investigators ruled that both fires were intentional.

According to police reports, Holt was seen at the scene of the fire on campus the day after the fire. Holt had a playing dispute with the basketball coach and is suspected of setting the coach’s office on fire as well as his home on Valley Oak Drive, according to the report.

Police said that Holt used multiple explosive devices and threw them through the front window of the condominium, causing more than $200,000 in damage.

The damage caused by the fire at Napa Valley College was estimated to be $500,000. The gym was closed for two weeks for repairs.

Holt, who has been in custody of the Napa County jail since his arrest, is being held on $5 million bail. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.