Woman acquitted of all charges in case stemming from Minnetonka Beach house fire
Online court records show a woman who was charged with one count of first-degree arson and one count of domestic assault has been acquitted of both charges by reason of mental illness.
Sophia Christine Schultz, 21, of Wayzata, had previously demanded a jury trial, but then waived that right and opted for a court trial, which was scheduled for the morning of Oct. 20, according to court records.
A hearing was held Tuesday morning, and the judge acquitted Schultz by reason of mental illness.
The fire, which injured two people, happened at a home on Westwood Road on Dec. 27, 2021. Fire officials deemed the $3 million home a complete loss.
As previously reported, Schultz—who is the daughter of the homeowner—told emergency crews a demon spoke to her.