Man on Trial for 2005 Covered Bridge Fire


A trial is underway this week for a man accused of setting fire to a historic bridge in Parke County thirteen years ago.

Jesse Payne was arrested back in 2005 for allegedly setting fire to the Bridgeton Covered Bridge.

Previously, he was believed to be incompetent to stand trial.

Jury selection was completed on Monday.

Payne faces three counts of arson for various bridge burnings across Parke County.

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