Mistrial declared in Fort Collins arson case

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Benjamin Gilmore walks out of court with his wife, Rebekah. Sep. 12, 2012

Benjamin Gilmore walks out of court with his wife, Rebekah, in 2012.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A mistrial was declared Wednesday in an arson and murder trial after the jury had worked for nearly a week to try to reach a verdict.

Benjamin Gilmore, 30, is accused of starting a fire at a construction site that spread to an apartment complex in Fort Collins last year. The huge fire caused $10 million damage.

Gilmore is a beekeeper who participated in Occupy Fort Collins protests.

The fire destroyed the Penny Flats in Old Town Fort Collins in October 2011.

The judge encouraged them to continue working for a verdict Tuesday, but declared the mistrial when the jurors came back split again Wednesday.

Gilmore faces seven counts including arson and attempted murder. Jurors were split nearly 50-50 on every count.

The judge encouraged them to continue working for a verdict Tuesday, but declared the mistrial when the jurors came back split again Wednesday.

The trial began on August 7. Gilmore’s retrial is scheduled to begin February 4, 2013.

 

 

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