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Courthouse arson trial moved to back burner

The man accused of setting fire to the courthouse almost two years ago, causing over $100,000 in damage, has been granted another continuance for his trial.

During a brief hearing last month, Judge Gary McKenzie granted the defense for Gary Wayne Ponder, 55, a continuance of trial after finding the defendant’s medical condition could be affecting his mental state. The judge reset the trial date for May 9 and ordered that Ponder undergo another evaluation. Monday the case was delayed again upon a defense motion and no new trial date was immediately set.

As grounds for continuance, Assistant ...

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