Three Fires in Four Years—Murder Trial Continues

The Nelson County arson/murder trial continues today. Linda Campbell Blackwell is charged with multiple counts including first-degree murder in the death of a family friend.  August of 2009 was the first fire at the home which left her husband with severe burns, and killed James Shelton. The same house caught fire in February of 2012 and again in May of 2013. Blackwell also faces three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and three counts of burning a dwelling; she pleaded not guilty to all seven charges. Prosecutors on Wednesday said the three fires in four years were intentionally set to collect insurance money.

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