Missouri couple now faces federal charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In 2001, a former married couple escaped a fire at their Missouri home that claimed the life of their 15 year-old-son. The mother of the boy was subsequently charged with first degree murder and arson after police claimed she confessed to setting the blaze.

Her trial was declared a mistrial in 2002 when the judge said he made a mistake in allowing the jury to see a videotape of a lie detector test administered to the woman where she reportedly confessed to the crime. Now, she faces further charges that accuse her of violating federal criminal law.

In 2006, the Missouri Supreme Court decided that the woman could not be retried in the state of Missouri. Now, some 10 years after the alleged incident, the woman, as well as her former husband, has been indicted on federal fraud charges.

Authorities claim the woman and her former husband set fires to three homes to collect payments from insurance companies. If convicted, each could receive a prison sentence ranging from the mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison.

The woman’s lawyer says her client has spent the last five years struggling to keep her head above water financially and has found it difficult to cope with the death of her son.

The charges against the two carry with them serious consequences. Anyone facing serious charges like these may benefit from the advice of an experienced defense attorney. They may be able to determine the best course of action and ensure all legal rights are fully preserved while they fight for a just resolution of all outstanding charges.

Source: STLtoday, “Parents of teen killed in 2001 fire face new charges,” Nov. 01, 2011