Jury selection complete in arson trial

Jury selection complete in arson trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A jury was selected on Tuesday in a Columbus courtroom for Robert Wright's arson trial.

Wright faces three counts of arson, one count of burglary and one count of criminal damage to property. He is accused of setting two cars on fire inside Tim's Foreign Car Service on August 6, 2013.

Investigators say earlier on the night of the fire, the owner had friends at the repair shop for some amateur boxing after-hours.

Witnesses testify Wright was among the people who were present, but after the last person left at about 2 a.m., authorities allege Wright returned to the building and used his truck to ram through the garage door to start the fires.

Police say they were led to Wright when they reviewed surveillance video from nearby buildings that captured his vehicle returning to the scene. 

He was arrested on August 14, 2013.

Later that afternoon, detectives searched his historic district home on Front Avenue, taking bags of evidence and a desktop computer. 

Investigators have not released a theory for Wright's suspected motive to set this fire. That information is expected to come out in court now that a jury has been seated and the case gets underway.

In the courtroom on Tuesday, the prosecution filed a motion asking Judge Bobby Peters allow the suspect's truck to be brought to the government center for the jury to see in person during the trial.

Judge Peters will make a decision on that before opening statements on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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