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Trial for Lewis man to begin Tuesday

Monday, February 1, 2010

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John Sebeck
Opening arguments and testimony is expected to begin Tuesday in the jury trial of a Lewis man who allegedly attempted to burn down his ex-wife's home.

John Brian Sebeck, 44, Lewis, will appear in Clay Circuit Court for a jury trial on class B felony Arson allegation stemming from an incident on May 18, 2008.

According to court documents, shortly before 4 a.m.; on that date, Teresa Sebeck was awakened by a smoke alarm inside her home at 5200 West County Road 600 South. Although Teresa was able to almost put the fire out before emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the rear interior and exterior part of her home was damaged by fire and other areas sustained heavy smoke, heat and water damage.

Because of the suspicious nature of the fire, the Clay County Sheriff's Department requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office in the investigation, which was ruled arson.

On Monday, a 14-member jury panel was selected.

Deputy Prosecutor Chou-il Lee will present the state's case, while attorney Rowdy Williams will be Sebeck's defense counsel.



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