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Retrial for Prentiss Township man accused of torching state fire marshal car
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The retrial of a Prentiss Township man accused of torching a state fire marshal's car continued Wednesday in a Bangor courtroom. John Weckerly, 56, is accused of setting the car on fire when fire marshals were investigating a string of arson and graffiti taggings near his isolated cabin. 

This retrial is happening more than two years after a jury deadlocked on whether Weckerly was guilty of arson. 

Weckerly was indicted by a grand jury on a dozen charges, including four counts of arson and five counts of criminal mischief. The jury found him not guilty on 11 of the charges, but could not determine one count of arson. 

The prosecution said the car was set on fire with a flammable liquid and said a bucket of gasoline was found on the road, leading up to Weckerly's house. Officials also said gloves covered in the liquid were found hanging in his shed.

The defense, however, argued the evidence shows that the chemicals found in the torched car were kerosene, not gasoline.

Weckerly remains free on bail, but bail conditions prevent him from living in Prentiss Township. He is expected to testify Friday morning, followed by closing arguments. It will then be sent to the jury.

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