Lawyer offers DNA defense in topless cafe fire in Vassalboro

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 12:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The attorney for a man charged with setting fire to a Maine cafe that employed topless servers says DNA evidence on a gasoline can used in setting the fire does not match that of the suspect.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says Wednesday that Andrews Campbell made the claim in a pretrial hearing in the arson case against Raymond Bellavance, who’s accused of setting the fire that burned down the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in 2009.

Justice Michaela Murphy has refused to dismiss an indictment against the 50-year-old Bellavance. Murphy says she considers it a priority case and expects it to be ready to go to trial in December.

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