Man accused of fatal fire has court hearing


OREGON – After months of no new court dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Byron man accused of killing his wife and son in 2016 was back in court via video on Aug. 6.

Duane Meyer appeared on a video screen in the courtroom from the Ogle County Jail. His attorney, Christopher Derango, agreed to Assistant State’s Attorney’s Robert Schuman’s request for more time to consider analysis from a cellphone expert and other data.

Judge John Roe set the next pre-trial status hearing for Monday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ogle County Courthouse.

Meyer is accused of setting the Oct. 19, 2016 fire in Byron that killed his ex-wife Maggie Meyer and 3-year-old son Amos Meyer.

He was charged on Oct. 9, 2019 with four counts of first-degree homicide, two counts of aggravated arson and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. He is currently being held in the Ogle County Jail on a $10 million bond.

Meyer last appeared in court – in person – at a hearing on March 4.