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Former West Virginia Trooper Faces Arson Trial


A former West Virginia state trooper will go on trial Feb. 2 on charges that he arranged to have his mobile home burned down.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Ferrell set the trial date for 26-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula during a hearing Tuesday.

Gula is charged with first-degree arson and burning insured property.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the March 2013 fire in Barboursville occurred less than two weeks after Gula resigned from the State Police.

Kenneth Luke Holden II pleaded guilty earlier this year to fourth-degree arson, admitting in court that he ignited a couch inside the home.