Ex-Ala. police officer found guilty of arson

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An ex-Birmingham police officer has been found guilty in a series of arsons at more than a dozen vacant buildings.

Curtis Thornton appeared in court Thursday and a jury deliberated for just more than two hours before delivering the verdict. His sentencing is scheduled for July 25.

Thornton was charged with arson, attempted arson and criminal mischief in 2012 blazes in Birmingham and Warrior, which is just north of Birmingham.

A second Birmingham police officer, 36-year-old Jason Arnold, and 48-year-old Anthony Weaver are also accused in the fires. Weaver's trial is scheduled to begin June 17 and Arnold's has been set for Oct. 7





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