Judge denies bond for Late Nite Pie owner charged with arson in February fire

April 18, 2012 10:27:04 AM PDT
A restaurant owner was in court Wednesday morning, accused of ordering her restaurant manager to burn down her pizza place

Felicity Burris was arrested Tuesday and charged with arson in the blaze at Late Nite Pie back in February. In court Wednesday, a judge ordered Burris to be held without bond.

Police say Burris, 35, told her restaurant manager, Raymond Pecher, to burn down the longtime Midtown restaurant.

Pecher was arrested last week. According to court documents, he fingered Burris.

Two months ago, Burris, who was eight months pregnant, was too distraught to face the cameras after her Midtown restaurant, Late Nite Pie, was in ruins. So manager Pecher stepped in.

"We've busted our butts to try and get this place to come back to life the way that it was, and to see it like this is just heartbreaking," Pecher told Eyewitness News the night of the fire.

According to court documents, Late Nite Pie was in financial trouble. Burris' personal assistant told investigators he heard her saying "I'm tired of it, I just want it gone, I want it to burn."

On the morning of the fire, Pecher told us, "She's a wreck and she's pregnant. I don't know what to say. She is heartbroken."

Sources say Pecher and Burris have known each other since high school.

Burris is currently on probation for credit card abuse.

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