Casey James Fury, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employee , remains held without bail following a court hearing Monday afternoon.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark said Fury's initial appearance was held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III explained the charges, and Fury requested court-appointed counsel. Federal public defender David Beneman was appointed to represent Fury, Clark said.
Prosecutors moved for detention, and a combined preliminary examination and detention hearing was scheduled for Aug. 1, at 9:30 a.m. The preliminary examination and detention hearings are similar to a probable cause and bail hearing, Clark said.
Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, was charged Monday with two counts of arson in connection with the May 23 fire and a June 16 fire in the dry dock where the USS Miami rests.
Clark said Fury will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service until the Aug. 1 hearing, when bail could be set.