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Woman charged in Casper abortion clinic arson released on signature bond

Lorna Roxann Green (CPD via NCSO)

CASPER, Wyo. —The woman charged in federal court with the arson of the under-construction women’s reproductive health clinic in Casper last May will be released pending trial, according to court records.

Casper resident Lorna Roxann Green, 22 was arrested last week on the charges.

The Wellspring Health Access Clinic had made the news as it was poised to become the first in Wyoming to offer medical abortions among its services in family planning and reproductive help.

She had been charged with with arson of a facility engaged in interstate commerce.

Green will be released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond, meaning she would have to pay the court that amount if she doesn’t appear at future hearings. The conditions were set Tuesday at a detention hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Kelly H. Rankin in Cheyenne, court records show.

Green is prohibited from access to firearms and must keep full-time status employed, as a student, or a combination of both. 

A man in the apartment next door to the clinic had been up to use the restroom and heard glass breaking outside around 3:49 a.m. on May 25, 2022.

Officers arrived to find smoke coming out of the facility, and called the fire department. Police say the early action likely spared more extensive damage to the clinic. It had been scheduled to open in June of 2022.

Police released images of security footage of the masked suspect who had gained entry by breaking a window. In the videos, the suspect pours gasoline on the floors and into aluminum basting pans in various rooms, then leaves as smoke begins to fill the room, slipping once and soaking their clothing.

As of the beginning on March 2023, police had no suspects, according to the federal complaint.

With the help of an anonymous donor, the Casper Police Department upped the reward for information to $15,000 on March 3. Four of the 12 leads generated identified Lorna Green as the suspect.