New trial begins for man accused of setting wife, house on fire

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 14 2014 Oct 14, 2014 Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:40:00 PM CDT October 14, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

CARROLL COUNTY - The first day of a new trial started Tuesday for a Higbee man accused of dousing his wife and house with gasoline and then setting them on fire.

The jury was selected Tuesday for Willard Hunt's new trial.

His first trial was declared a mistrial in June 2014 after the court determined prosecutors committed a Brady violation and withheld evidence that could have aided his case.

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

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

He faces one count of first-degree arson, first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. All are felony charges.

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