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Trial date set in Scott case

By Staff
Jonathan Willis
A trial date has been set for a Russellville woman accused of killing her six-year old son.
Christie Michelle Scott, 30, of 180 Signore Drive, is accused of setting fire to her family's home in the early morning hours of Aug. 16. Her six-year old son, Mason Scott, was killed in the blaze.
Officials said Friday that a trial date of June 8, 2009, has been set. The deadline for any motions to be filed in the case was set for March 30, 2009.
Scott was indicted on three alternative counts of capital murder. If convicted she will face a sentence of life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
The indictment accuses Scott of setting fire to her family's home at 180 Signore Drive in the early morning hours of Aug. 16.
Mason Scott, a first grader at Russellville's West Elementary School, was killed in the fire, which started in his bedroom shortly after 3 a.m. the day of the fire.
Christie Scott and her four year-old son Noah were unharmed in the fire.
Her husband, Jeremy Scott, was out of town on a business trip. Officials said that Jeremy Scott is not a suspect in the case.
State and local authorities began looking into the cause of the fire shortly after Mason Scott was found in his bedroom floor on the morning of the fire.
Christie Scott was arrested last month and has been in the Franklin County Jail since. Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey did not set a bond.
Capital murder charges can be filed when a person is accused of killing someone while committing another felony, such as arson.
It can also be put into place in the event that a particularly "heinous, atrocious or cruel" crime has occurred.