Judge Strikes Evidence in Upcoming Murder/Arson Trial

Pre-trial motions were presented Tuesday regarding permissible evidence in the case of a Nelson County woman charged with the death by fire of man in August of 2009. 58 year old, Linda Campbell Blackwell, is charged with first-degree felony murder and arson in connection with a fire that killed James Shelton Sr; she also faces multiple charges for two other house fires on the same property. The Judge ruled no comments will be permitted, about where Blackwell lived after the fires, or what Shelton said in his dying declaration. The trial is set for March 4.

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