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Lovingston woman found not guilty of murder

Wednesday - 3/12/2014, 1:39pm  ET

LOVINGTSON, Va. (AP) -- A Lovingston woman has been acquitted of first-degree murder and arson in a fatal fire at her home.

But the News & Advance ( ) reports that the Nelson County jury found 58-year-old Linda Campbell Blackwell guilty of arson in two other fires. It also convicted her on three counts of obtaining and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses.

The jury began deliberations on a recommended sentence immediately after returning the verdicts Wednesday.

Blackwell had been charged in the death of James Shelton Jr. The August 2009 fire that killed Shelton also injured Blackwell's husband, David Blackwell.

The other charges pertained to subsequent fires at the same address in 2012 and 2013.

Prosecutors said Blackwell set the fires to collect insurance money. Blackwell's attorney argued the fires were accidental.


Information from: The News & Advance,

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