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Attempt to keep Newcomb suspect's statement out of trial denied

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - An attempt to block evidence in the Newcomb Hotel fire case was denied Friday in Adams County court.

Mathew Clark and his public defender, Brett Jansen, filed a motion to suppress evidence back in November in an attempt to keep his police statement out of trial. Court records reveal that motion was denied.

(Read "Newcomb fire suspect doesn't want police statement in court")

Authorities say Clark admitted to accidentally starting the fire that destroyed the former hotel in September. The statement will now be allowed as evidence in the trial scheduled to begin Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.

Clark is facing charges of burglary and criminal damage in excess of $100,000. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
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