Man found guilty of setting house and wife on fire

4 years 11 months 6 days ago Wednesday, October 15 2014 Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:46:00 AM CDT October 15, 2014 in News
By: Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

CARROLL COUNTY - The trial for a man accused of setting his wife and home on fire ended Tuesday night with a guilty verdict. A jury found Willard Hunt of Higbee guilty of first-degree arson, first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.

The Carroll County court clerk said Hunt's wife was one of several witnesses to take the stand. Hunt's wife testified he threw gasoline on her and lit her on fire.

A judge declared Hunt's first trial a mistrial in June 2014 after the court determined the fire marshal withheld lab reports from prosecutors and the defense. 

His trial was moved to Carroll County from Randolph County in March in order to seat an impartial jury.

Officials arrested Hunt in June 2013 two days after firefighters found his wife, Connie, severely burned outside the couple's burning home.

[Editor's Note: this story has been edited to correct the reasoning behind the mistrial.]

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