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Millennium Park arson trial: Jurors watch Arceneaux’s second interview

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Jurors watched a second video interview of Seth Arceneaux that was recorded ten days after police had received information from witnesses in the case.

Arceneaux underwent exhaustive questioning by detectives and never confessed to starting the fire and had no answers that made sense to explain why various witnesses told police he had bragged about being involved.

Arceneaux is on trial for simple arson in connection with the fire that destroyed Millennium Park in January 2011.

In the first video interview, Arceneaux denied having anything to do with the fire at Millennium Park. He said he joked about having set the fire and denied texting anyone to brag that he was involved.

Former Lake Charles fire prevention Chief T.A. Jones said investigators determined the Millennium Park fire was arson because there was no other ignition source at the park such as electrical wiring or a lightning strike.

Jones also said the fire was started near the southwest corner at Clarence and Lakeshore Drive and that the wind caused the fire to spread, though he said it was a slow burning fire that started between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Arceneaux could face imprisonment at hard labor for no less than 2 years and no more than 15 years and a fine of up to $15,000 if convicted.

Theresa Schmidt is in court and will have the latest on the trial as it becomes available.

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