Pet store owner now in solitary, bail still at $310,000

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Pet store owner now in solitary, bail still at $310,000

By Denise Wong. CREATED Feb 11, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The woman who is accused of setting her pet store on fire with 27 puppies inside is now being held in solitary confinement.

35-year-old Gloria Lee was back in a Las Vegas courtroom Tuesday morning. The judge refused to lower her bail from $310,000 despite arguments by her lawyer. Lee's bail was raised last Friday from $40,000.

Lee and Kirk Bills are accused of setting fire to the Prince & Princess Puppies & Boutique on Jan. 27. A motive has not been revealed.

Lee is being held in solitary because of threats made against her, according to her attorney. She is currently being held at Clark County Detention Center.

Ozzie Fumo, Lee's defense attorney, claims the judge is punishing his client, who has served time before.

"She was convicted of larceny from a bank type institution, that she pled guilty on Dec. 11, 2011," said Judge Janiece Marshall.

This time, Lee has been charged with first-degree arson, burglary and attempted animal cruelty.

Bills was arrested in Crown Point, Indiana, after fleeing Las Vegas. Surveillance video showed Kirks dumping gas throughout the store and then setting it on fire. Lee was with him at the time.

According to the Clark County District Attorney, Bills has waived his right to an extradition hearing. Police now have 30 days to retrieve him from Indiana.

Las Vegas police say they do not have a date for his retrieval at this time.

Lee's next appearance is Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing.