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Jury finds former BPD officer Curtis Thornton guilty of arson

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A jury has found former Birmingham cop Curtis Thornton guilty on all charges in his arson trial.

The jury deliberated for two hours and ten minutes before delivering their verdict. Thornton will be sentenced July 25 and will remain in the Jefferson County Jail in the meantime.

Thornton is charged with four counts of second degree arson, one count of attempted arson and one count of first degree criminal mischief. Prosecutors contend he set four fires in Warrior, where he was living after losing his home in the April 27, 2011 tornado, and that he also set two fires in the west Birmingham community of Ensley.

In an unusual move, Thornton took the stand in his defense. He was the only witness for the defense and he denied all charges against him.

The state presented about 15 witnesses and several testified that he either joked about setting fires or that they saw him light small fires.

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