Police officer charged in arson seeks lower bond
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham police officer charged with arson is asking a judge to lower his bond.
An attorney for Curtis Thornton filed a motion asking a court to reduce his bond from $315,000, which the motion says would present an undue burden on Thornton's family. He's seeking a bond of $100,000 or less.
Thornton is due in court for an initial appearance on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Thornton is accused on four charges that authorities say are linked to fires that occurred near his home in the Jefferson County town of Warrior.
His arrest came last week as officers investigated a string of more than a dozen fires in the section of Birmingham he patrolled, but Thornton hasn't been charged in those blazes.
A defense lawyer says Thornton is innocent.