Judge Rules on Campbell Home

A Northwest Florida circuit judge has ruled that a church can be held liable for the destruction of a home that was in the national register of historical places.

Two-and-a-half-years-ago, the old "Campbell" home in Defuniak Springs historical district was the center of a controversy.

The First Baptist Church of Defuniak Springs purchased the century-old, Victorian house.

Over the objections of several neighbors and area historians, the house was destroyed in order to expand the church's parking lot.

In a long awaited ruling, Circuit Judge William Stone states that two city councilmen at the time should not have participated in granting the demolition permit. That’s because they were both deacons of the church.