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The Geoffrey Drive home destroyed in a fire sits above a section of Twin Lakes State Beach.

SANTA CRUZ - A 20-year-old Soquel woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to arson and burglary charges stemming from a fire at a Twin Lakes area home.

Marian Elamri Kadmiri appeared dazed during her appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, and Judge Ariadne Symons appointed a public defender to represent her. Attorney Jon Minsloff entered pleas of not guilty on her behalf and asked for his client to be evaluated at County Jail before setting a preliminary hearing date.

Kadmiri is due back to set a hearing date on Feb. 20.

Kadmiri was arrested this week at her family's Soquel home after an investigation into a Jan. 13 fire at a Geoffroy Drive home. Firefighters found her on the back deck of the house as it was being consumed by flames. She was partially undressed and firefighters said she was incoherent when they spoke with her. Her family had reported her missing earlier that day.

Kadmiri also faces charges for apparently vandalizing and burglarizing a vacation home on 26th Avenue. The owners went to the home about a week after the Geoffroy Drive fire and found the door open. Inside was burned paper, a broken wine bottle, torn curtains, graffiti and Kadmiri's identification.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff Office's Lt. Craig Wilson said Monday that he believes Kadmiri lit fires at both homes for warmth.


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