Yelm woman pleads not guilty to setting her bed on fire

A Yelm woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree arson after she was accused of setting her bed on fire in April.

Maya Kicklighter Korman, 21, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. She was released on $10,000 bail and allowed to return with her father to the Chicago area, where she will be enrolled in a mental health treatment program. Attorneys said she was found competent to stand trial after responding well to medication she had taken willingly.

Korman was arrested April 23 after the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a structure fire at 12431 Zeller Road SE in Yelm. The deputy had recently responded to a mental health complaint at the same location.

According to court documents, Korman told the deputy she had accidentally kicked over an incense stick, catching the blankets of her bed on fire.

When the deputy explained she should have been able to control such a small fire, Korman then claimed to have been lighting a cigarette and incense stick at the same time.

Korman eventually said she hated her home and her room, so she set her bed on fire and went outside to watch. She pulled out a lighter and showed the deputy how she did it.

Her trial has been postponed until Oct. 5 so that she can seek mental health treatment.