Ala. woman convicted of murder in son's fire death

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A jury has convicted a north Alabama woman of capital murder in the death of her 6-year-old son, who died in a house fire last year.

Jurors returned the verdict against 30-year-old Christie Michelle Scott on Wednesday during their third day of deliberations. She could receive life imprisonment or the death penalty at a sentencing hearing set for Thursday.

Prosecutors argued that Scott started the fire that killed her son, Mason Scott, so she could collect life insurance from the boy's death. Evidence showed the woman purchased a $100,000 policy the afternoon before the fire.

Scott testified that she is innocent and had no idea how the fire began.
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Information compiled by AP from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/

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