Arson Trial Begins in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland man on trial this week for a major fire that destroyed his home almost three years ago.

Testimony is under way in the arson trial of 53-year-old Robert Marshall Pickard.

Authorities say Pickard set his house on fire in the 5000 block of Heather Road in June of 2005.

The flames from the early morning fire filled the sky as the 4,500 square foot home went up in flames.

Testimony began Monday afternoon, and is expected to continue for most of the week.

The arson charge is a first degree felony.

If convicted, Pickard could get anywhere from five to 99 years in prsion and a $10,000 fine.