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The trial for a Pana man accused of invading a former girlfriend’s home and setting it on fire began on Tuesday. 55-year-old Brian Ferguson is accused of the crimes that happened on November 20, 2016.


Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera presented police procedure evidence in day one of the trial. Witnesses called included Pana police officers that responded that night and an Illinois State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator that was assigned to the house fire. He also called witnesses that had interacted with Ferguson in the weeks leading up to the incident.

The state is expected to call one more witness when the case resumes. After that witness, the defense will begin presenting its case. Court will resume for Ferguson at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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