PERRY -- Opening statements from prosecution and defense attorneys are expected Tuesday in the Houston County trial of a man accused of burning down his home.
Thomas Wayne McFarling, 54, was indicted on one count of arson in the March 15, 2008, fire that gutted the Mossy Lake Road home. The home was located in a subdivision off Arena Road near Kathleen.
McFarling, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, has been free on a $2,000 bond pending trial.
“We are relieved to finally be at trial nearly seven years after this devastating fire, and we have every hope that the jury will find that Tommy McFarling did not set his house on fire,” McFarling’s Macon attorney Laura D. Hogue said after jury selection Monday.
Hogue said she expects the prosecution will be unable to show a financial motive or any reasonable explanation for McFarling to set fire to his home and “everything dear to him.”
Prosecutors Dan Bibler and Greg Winters declined comment.
Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden is presiding over the trial, which is expected to take most of the week.
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