New trial starts for Lynnwood man accused of setting ex-wife on fire

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A new trial has begun for a Lynnwood man charged with beating his ex-wife and then setting her on fire.

The Daily Herald reports 56-year-old David Morgan’s second trial for attempted murder, assault and arson began Wednesday.

A judge had declared a mistrial last month after Morgan’s attorney argued that prosecutors didn’t disclose an investigator’s opinion about how the fire started before he testified at trial.

Prosecutors say Morgan beat his ex-wife and set her on fire so that he didn’t have to pay her child support or part of his pension.

Morgan has denied the allegations and told police there was an unknown assailant in his home at the time.

The woman, who suffered a fractured skull and burns, says she has no memory of the attack.