Trial Begins For Man Accused of Setting State Fire Marshal’s Car on Fire

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 9 months ago

The trial began on Thursday for a Prentiss Plantation man facing a dozen charges including arson, criminal mischief and burglary.54-year-old John Weckerly is accused of setting fire to two camps and a state fire marshal’s car.Police say he also damaged logging equipment.District Attorney Christopher Almey says Weckerly was upset about noise from loggers in the area.In court on Thursday, Almy said in a literal sense, “There’s a path of evidence that leads to the defendant’s guilt” referring to the path police dogs followed to find Weckerly after the car fire.Weckerly’s Defense Attorney Kirk Bloomer says he has a witness that will testify the “path” the state is referring to isn’t as solid as they say it is.


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