Naomi Almodovar in Court for Arson: Fire Set Over Ex-Girlfirend's Facebook Status?

Yesterday, during a preliminary hearing, a deputy took the stand in Arapahoe County Court to posit the theory that Naomi Almodovor burned down a Centennial apartment complex as payback against a former girlfriend who had subsequently gotten into a relationship with a man. And the arrest affidavit in the case suggests that the tipping point for the crime was a change in the ex-GF's Facebook status. Photos, a video and details below.

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A number of candid Almodovar photos linger on an old MySpace page, including this one....

...and this one.... ...and this one: A better known image of Almodovar -- her booking photo, on view below -- was snapped as a result of a fire in June at the Copper Terrace Apartment complex in Centennial. Eight people were hospitalized as a result of the blaze, with numerous individuals having to leap from their homes in order to escape the flames.

What happened? An arrest affidavit obtained by Fox31 offers law enforcement's version, which suggests that Almodovar set the apartment on fire in an act of revenge over a shattered love affair.

According to the document, Almodovar and the woman had been involved in a five-year relationship described as "intimate." But following a breakup, the woman got involved with a man who lived at Copper Terrace.

This situation allegedly led to a series of escalating crimes. One one occasion, Almodovar is said to have tried forcing her way into the apartment after sending a text warning the former girlfriend that she'd "destroy everything you love and everything you try to love." Almodovar subsequently rammed the man's car in the parking lot, the report maintains. The result was a domestic violence charge.

Continue for more about the allegations against Naomi Almodovar, including additional photos and a video. A few days later, the affidavit accuses Almodovar of choking the woman after they "ran into each other" at a Walmart. In addition, the woman is said to have discovered upon returning to her car that her tires had been slashed.

Investigators believe these offenses were mere prelude to a larger crime. A week before the fire, the report notes, Almodovar's former girlfriend and her new boyfriend became "Facebook official." Almodovar allegedly responded by stabbing herself in the ribs, then telling her ex that she would kill for her.

As for what happened next, the account cited in the affidavit is attributed to a friend of Almodovar's who was arrested in mid-July on an unrelated drug charge. During interviews with investigators, Fox31 reports, she said she and Almodovar had gotten high a few hours before the fire started, after which Almodovar filled a gas can with $5 worth of fuel.

Next, the friend said she dropped Almodovar at an apartment complex -- she wasn't sure which one, but its features were apparently similar to those at Copper Terrace. Almodovar was described as upset when she returned ten to fifteen minutes later, shortly before the blaze broke out in earnest.

Almodovar was arrested on July 18, and during her first court appearance, CBS4 revealed that she faced 37 attempted murder counts in addition to arson-related charges -- beefs that could add up to a sentence of between 600 and 2,000 years behind bars if they ran consecutively. Yesterday's preliminary hearing is a prelude to a formal trial.

Look below to see Almodovar's booking photo, followed from a CBS4 piece from July about a previous Almodovar court appearance.

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