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Trial Of Upset Tenant Charged In Arson Begins

The trial started Monday for a man accused of setting a fire at a Lexington apartment complex. Michael Mitchell faces federal arson charges.

Jury selection took much of the morning on Monday. More than 50 potential jurors were interviewed by legal counselors; 12 were chosen to sit during the trial.

Investigators say Michael Mitchell started a fire at the Kirklevington Hills Apartments in February of 2007. There were three fires at the complex within three months of each other.

Following one of those fires, Mitchell talked to 27 NEWSFIRST about not being able to get out of his lease, despite the dangerous situation there.

If convicted, Mitchell could spend 20 years in prison. The trail could last a week.


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