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Childhood Home of Mingo Judge Burns in Suspicious Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) -- Kentucky authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed the childhood home of the Mingo County judge charged with trying to frame his mistress' husband for false crimes.

The unoccupied house 10 miles south of Williamson in Canada, Ky., was built by the grandfather of Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and was his retreat before it burned last week.

Federal prosecutors say Thornsbury had an affair with his secretary and tried to frame her husband for various crimes between 2008 and 2012.

He's accused of enlisting the help of a state trooper and commandeering the grand jury.

He's pleaded not guilty and faces trial Oct. 15.

An arson investigator for the Kentucky State Police didn't immediately return a message Monday.


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