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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The arson retrial of a Columbus County man with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles continues. Today jurors heard from fire investigators, who say they found gasoline inside Allen Strickland’s home.

Two agents with the State Bureau of Investigation specializing in fire investigations were called to the stand. One agent said he smelled the presence of a fire accelerant inside Strickland’s living room. He also observed burn patterns that gave indication that the fire started on the sofa.

Also today an arson K-9 handler and the dog were brought in front of the jury. Back in 2009 the dog identified the presence of gasoline on Strickland’s sofa, which sat in the teen’s living room. A demonstration was performed for the jury today in which the dog accurately found three drops of gasoline that were placed in the courthouse.

The defense argued that someone could have thrown the gasoline into the home through a window near the sofa.

It was anticipated that the jury would be taken out of the courthouse and to Strickland’s home in Tabor City to view the scene of the fire in person. That is now expected to happen tomorrow.

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  • guesty

    From the story: “The defense argued that someone could have thrown the gasoline into the home through a window near the sofa.”

    That happens to at my house all the time. Another crazy thing that happens is somebody else poops in my pants.

    Typical scum lawyer willing to say anything.

  • Patricia

    I do not believe Allen set fire to his home. How could that benefit him at all? Who had insurance on that home? It seems to me that insurance fraud is going on in TC as well as everything else. Let’s look at some of his kin who are in the insurance business. Trouble is, NO ONE has first hand facts.

    Establish a reason he would have burned his own home when he was sitting so pretty! Look to another source.

  • Guest357

    I’ve passed gas on my sofa already

  • SurfCityTom

    be an investigative reporter.

    Go look at the land recording records. Look specificlly for a registered deed showing Frog paid $22,000 for some property in the Tabor City area.

    Where did he get the funds for the purchase?

    Is he somehow confident he won’t be doing time from a conviction?

  • helicopter patrol

    Allen Strickland, 19 years old and unemployed has paid cash for rental property in the last month and has invested thousands of dollars to have renovations done. How in the world can this teenager pay cash for anything. Who’s his financier? Hmmmmm….Bet I know.

    He must feel confident he is going to be found innocent in this case. Oh, well. Only time will tell.

  • tabortim

    OH boy,field trip to Tabor City by the jurors today! Whoot whoot. We’ll have a little excitement in TC.

  • anne

    Just a question – who is paying for his defense? Is it the family, R.C soles, or us the taxpayer, which if so, I say STOP WASTING MY TAXPAYER DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • guesty

    He is an idiot and craves any attention.


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