Late Nite Pie Owner Felicity Burris Also Charged with Arson: "The Business Need[s] To Be Gone Soon," She Told Manager

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Owner Felicity Burris also hit with charges.A second person has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze at Montrose mainstay Late Nite Pie.

Felicity D. Burris, 35, has been charged, joining manager Raymond Pecher, who was charged with arson earlier this month.

Burris is being held without bond because she is on deferred adjudication for a 2010 felony forgery of a financial instrument case.

Late Nite Pie, which was commonly believed to be having severe financial problems, burned in the early hours of February 8.

Court documents say Pecher has confessed to lighting the fire, and that "he did so at the request of Felicity Burris."

The arson was initially planned for December, court documents state, because the business was in financial trouble. But it was put off.

Pecher "stated that 'About a week prior to the fire Felicity Burris told me that the business needed to be gone soon, and on the morning of the fire, Felicity called me on my cell phone and asked me if it was going to be done today,'" court documents show.

Pecher said Burris promised to "take care of him" and that she had paid his rent since the fire.

Court documents say Shane Strahan, who lives with Burris and is her personal assistant, heard several conversations about burning the business down.

Follow Hair Balls News on Facebook and on Twitter @HairBallsNews.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.