Bellavance Wants Coffee Shop Arson Trial Moved

Updated 3 years ago

A 49-year-old Maine man charged with burning down a topless coffee shop wants his trial moved. Raymond Bellavance Jr. claims pretrial publicity will make ittoo hard to find an unbiased jury in Kennebec County. Bellavance ischarged with setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop inVassalboro last year. Bellavance’s attorney on Monday showed Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray eight newspaper stories featuring Bellavance that appeared between April and July. Prosecutors objected to the motion. Murray said he would rule later. Police say Bellavance set the fire because he was angry at his ex-girlfriend, who worked at the shop and allegedly had a relationship with the owner. (AP)


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