A Tabor City teen charged with burning down his own house made his first appearance in court Friday. The house is owned by Allen Strickland who is accused of burning down the house, which was bought for him by Senator RC Soles. Strickland says he was in his house when it caught up in flames. He also told WWAY he was called down to the Tabor City Fire Station by a fire investigator, to look over some building permits for his house. That's when he says the SBI was waiting for him around the corner, and served him with an arrest warrant. After being booked into the county jail, he posted $10,000 toward his $100,000 bond and was released. "I posted my bond with my own debit card. No one was there to give it to me; you were outside, it's on record that I paid for it with my debit card, and R.C. had nothing to do with getting me out. I'm innocent, and it's not worrying me one bit, cause I’ve got proof that it wasn't me." Strickland told us RC Soles is not his lawyer in this case. Strickland's next court date is set for the twenty-first of September.
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