COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Court ended around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon in the Allen Strickland arson trial. The defense is expected to present their arguments Thursday morning. Judge Trawick also plans to allow jurors, prosecutors and the defense to go to Strickland's house that burned in 2009.
Wednesday, a fire investigator with the SBI took the stand and said the fire was intentionally set on the middle cushion of a couch inside the house.
The investigator said it was started by a flammable liquid, and a small gasoline can was found inside a garage about 15-feet from the property. No containers or matches were found in the house.
Strickland is accused of burning the house that former state senator RC Soles bought for him reportedly in exchange for him going to school.
Jurors were selected Monday followed by opening arguments. A 911 operator, firefighters, and the owner of a security alarm system took the stand Tuesday in the Allen Strickland arson trial.
Trawick declared a mistrial in April after an interview Strickland had with police about the fire surfaced.
Last month a judge denied a motion that the mistrial would be double jeopardy.
According to land documents, Strickland purchased property off Prieway Road for $22,000 June 17.
A mobile home sits on the property, but it is unclear at this time if Strickland owns the home. Records show the young man paid $125 June 21 for a building permit to have construction done to the mobile home.
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