W.Va. Ex-Volunteer Firefighter Acquitted Of Arson

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (AP) -- A Mason County judge has acquitted a former volunteer firefighter of charges that she participated in the torching of two structures.

Circuit judge David Nibert granted a defense motion for acquittal Wednesday after the prosecution presented its case against Kimberly Sue Blake of Mason.

The defense argued that the prosecution had presented insufficient evidence.

Blake was charged in may with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of conspiracy.

She was accused of conspiring with co-defendant brent donovan Kapp to burn two structures in Mason in 2007.

Both were members of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department at the time.

Kapp and co-defendant, Jamal "J.J." Cuthbertson had pleaded guilty earlier to arson charges.

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