Independence Man Accused of Arson Now Charged with Attempted Murder

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – A man already accused of setting a fire that injured two people at his Independence home has been charged with attempted murder.

Buchanan County court records say the charges have been filed against 44-year-old Shane Heins. Heins is also charged with arson and third offense domestic assault.

Investigators say Heins set the fire March 2nd in Independence in an effort to kill his wife, Christina Heins, and her uncle, Nick Necker. Both were taken for treatment to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

A witness reported seeing Shane Heins throwing items and furniture around the home and pouring gasoline around the wooden steps between the house and garage.

Heins’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25.