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Judge won't release Lunceford before arson trial

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has refused to
release a Gulf Shores businessman before trial on charges of
burning down his $1 million restaurant property during a dispute
with a tenant.

Former Auburn University punter Tommy Lunceford has been charged
in Mobile with arson, obstruction of justice and intimidating law
enforcement officers who investigated the 3:30 a.m. blaze on Nov.
8, 2007, at Nick's restaurant.

A trial date for the 62-year-old Lunceford has not been set.

If convicted and given consecutive sentences on all counts, he
could get 49 years in prison.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Cassady ordered Lunceford held in
jail until trial to protect potential witnesses and because of his
physical and mental problems.


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