Fire officials takes the stand in first day of arson trial
AS REPORTED IN THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:
A Lufkin Fire official took the stand Thursday, testifying against alleged arsonist Timothy Thompson.
Thompson, 26, is accused of burning down the home he was renting on Rowe Street last March, although he didn’t have renter’s insurance, his attorney, Al Charanza, noted during opening arguments Thursday morning. Thompson found himself behind bars a month later after Lufkin Fire officials completed their investigation. Lufkin Fire Capt. John “Dustin” Ledford, a certified arson investigator, took the stand as the state’s first witness, detailing for the jury how Thompson behaved the night of the blaze.
During opening arguments, prosecutor Dale Summa said it appeared Thompson did not want his wife talking to investigators at the scene. With Ledford on the stand, Summa asked if anything about Thompson’s behavior seemed unusual.
“I informed him who I was and he stepped in and pulled her away,” Ledford said. “He informed me he was the husband.”
Ledford said he then incorporated Thompson into the conversation asking if there were any issues with the home that may have caused the blaze.
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