Jury selection in arson case is in October
Thursday, September 5, 2013
NASHUA – Jury selection for the trial of a Mont Vernon woman accused of conspiring to burn down a building on the Milford Oval is scheduled for next month.
Colleen M. Carr, 51, of Mobile Coach Lane, Mont Vernon, was arrested in January, two days after police received a tip that she might set on fire the building she owns at 139 Union Square. Carr, who was freed in July on $50,000 bail, was charged with conspiracy to commit arson and witness tampering.
Police said that sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 17 she made plans to burn down 139 Union Square, offering a tenant $7,000 to vacate the building and telling her boyfriend to move personal and business property out of the building.
In January, she was indicted on the witness tampering charge and in July, she was indicted on a new charge of criminal solicitation of insurance fraud. Carr’s attorney, William Keefe, of Wilton, maintains that she was a victim of entrapment.
Two businesses, P.C. Carr Realty, owned by Carr’s mother, and the Tasty Tobacco Shop, had been on the ground floor of the two-story building. Now, the realty office appears to be closed and Tasty Tobacco has moved to Granite Town Plaza.
At the time of her arrest ,Carr was living in a second floor apartment in the building. It is not known if the two upstairs apartments are occupied. The building is attached to another building and sits next door to Ralph’s Service Station.
Police had said they expedited the investigation, because of the potential devastation a fire could cause in the congested area.
According to court papers, jury selection will take place on Oct. 7 and a trial is expected to be held early next year.