Trial begins for couple accused in Yosemite Lake Park fires

Trial began in the case of a Coarsegold couple accused of setting a string of fires in the Yosemite Lake Park area last summer.
January 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Trial began in the case of a Coarsegold couple accused of setting a string of fires in the Yosemite Lake Park area last summer.

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Firefighters believe Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman intentionally set 31 fires in the Madera County foothills during peak fire season burning more than 100 acres and destroying one home.

During opening arguments Prosecutor John Thackeray told the jury firefighters set up surveillance in the neighborhood, and the cameras captured Jackson's truck coming-and-going from several areas where fires were reported. But the defense argued Jackson had a distinctive pickup that his neighbors all knew and no one ever reported hearing it leave the scene.

The trial is expected to last several months as attorneys question some twenty witnesses, and examine each of the alleged incidents fire-by-fire.


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