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Arson investigator grilled at Lukjan trial

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Ott being questioned by Thomas Clay, Lukjan's attorney. Ott being questioned by Thomas Clay, Lukjan's attorney.
Photos taken by arson investigators and entered in court of the August 16, 2006 fire at Campbell's Courment Cottage. Photos taken by arson investigators and entered in court of the August 16, 2006 fire at Campbell's Courment Cottage.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An arson investigator was grilled on the stand Monday in the trial of former business owner Susan Lukjan. 

Major Henry Ott, head of the Louisville Metro Arson Bureau, defended himself and said that the investigation was thoroughly done in the August 16, 2006 fire at Campbell's Gourmet Cottage in Saint Matthews before ruling it arson.

Thomas Clay, Lukjan's attorney, said Ott's investigation into the cause of the fire was not thorough enough and implied that Ott jumped to conclusions about who or what actually was responsible for the fire.

This is Lukjan's second trial. Jurors convicted her of arson and insurance fraud in 2010. That conviction was overturned.

Lukjan maintains her innocence and refuses to take a plea deal. She wanted this trial to try to clear her name.

This is the third week of testimony in Lukjan's second trial. Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.

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