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Man pleads not guilty to arson, threat charges in Valley Village love-triangle case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Walters was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail. His bail was set at more than $1 million. ————————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VALLEY VILLAGE – A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he threatened to kill his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend and then set fire to his Valley Village apartment. Jayni Antonio Walters entered his plea in a Van Nuys Superior courtroom. A judge determined Aug. 27 that there was enough evidence to try Walters in connection with the June 23 blaze that caused some $50,000 in damages to an unit in the 5800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, court records show. No one was inside the apartment at the time and there were no injuries. The fire was contained to the unit, fire officials said. He faces five counts including making criminal threats, arson, and burglary because he allegedly broke into the apartment before allegedly setting it ablaze, court records show. He is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 15. Walters faces additional allegations because he is a convicted robber and batterer, court records show, and he also is accused of violating a restraining order, police said.last_img read more