FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal woman accused of setting fire to her apartment will stand trial this year.

Alicia Hullihan, 48, was arrested in February 2019 after police determined a fire in her apartment building on Virginia Avenue was not an accident. Police executed search warrants to check Hullihan’s claim that she had left the apartment to catch a cab shortly before the fire started.

Court records show that Hullihan was the last person in the apartment that caught fire – her apartment – and that it was locked and dead-bolted when firefighters arrived.

Searches of her phone showed police that she made several references to setting a fire and not wanting to move her and her husband’s things.

Previous reports show that Hulliahn received an eviction notice the day before the fire.

In November 2019, a grand jury in Warren County indicted Hullihan on six counts of animal cruelty related to the fire.

On Monday, Hullihan’s attorney said that he wanted to bring in a fire expert to testify for Hullihan but his expert was not available. Hullihan’s attorney requested the court set a two- to three-day jury trial for Hullihan.

Hullihan will return to Warren County Circuit Court on March 16 for pre-trial matters. On that day, the fire expert will appear as well and the court will determine which dates will work for the commonwealth, defense and fire expert.

Hullihan is out on bond.

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