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Published May 15, 2012, 10:01 PM

Andvik Found Guilty of 3 Counts of Arson

(WDAZ-TV) Jurors in Moorhead have found a rural Barnesville woman guilty of three counts of arson. Tara Andvik was convicted of setting a series of fires on the farmstead where she and her family lived last October.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) Jurors in Moorhead have found a rural Barnesville woman guilty of three counts of arson.

Tara Andvik was convicted of setting a series of fires on the farmstead where she and her family lived last October.

In closing arguments Tuesday, Andvik's attorney Steven Mottinger said the letters his client sent to herself and others from a supposed hit man hired to kill her posed a big problem for their case.

But he said the letters weren't an effort to steer blame for the six fires toward her ex-lover, Keith Beam, but rather the desperate action of someone who had been "hounded" as the only possible suspect.

Prosecutor Heidi Davies questioned why the supposed hit man, hired by Beam or anyone else, would have set fires and torched the barn before setting the final fire that severely damaged the house.

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