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Woman pleads not guilty to 10 counts of on-campus arson



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The Monroe County Justice Building, also called Zietlow Justice Center, is located at 301 N. College Ave.  Matt Begala

A 21-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Dec. 27 to 10 felony counts of arson that occurred on campus.

Then-senior Alekhya Koppineni was arrested by IU Police Department Dec. 17 after allegedly setting fire to eight trash cans and two classroom doors on campus within a month. As of Sunday evening, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney could not confirm whether or not Koppineni is still an IU student.

The first fire took place Dec. 3 in Hodge Hall. The second fire reported was Dec. 5 in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Building. Several more fires were reported throughout the day Koppineni was arrested, including one in Rawles Hall and two in Jordan Hall. Classroom doors were set on fire in the Chemistry Building.

Koppineni matched a person of interest photo from the Hodge Hall fire, according to IUPD Deputy Chief Shannon Bunger.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6, and the jury trial is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 18. 

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