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Lukjan takes stand in 2nd trial for arson

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Susan Lukjan during her testimony on June 19, 2013. Susan Lukjan during her testimony on June 19, 2013.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Prosecutors questioned Susan Lukjan Wednesday in her second trial to prove she intentionally set her St. Matthews cooking store on fire for insurance money.

Campbell's Gourmet Cottage caught fire August 19, 2006. Lukjan was convicted of intentionally setting fire to the store in 2010, but was released on shock probation six months later. Now Lukjan faces jail time again as she refused a plea deal to prove her innocence.

Prosecutor Leland Hulbert asked Lukjan about the store's sudden increase of insurance before the fire.

"Who increased the insurance 23% to $550,000?" Hulbert questioned. "The agent and I discussed it over the phone." Lukjan replied.

Ten days after the fire Lukjan told an insurance investigator she was only 30 days behind on account payments. In court, when asked if she was more than 30 days behind in payments, Lukjan admitted she was.

Lukjan also told the court she had several debts because of the store and maxed out several credit cards.

She was questioned by her defense Tuesday.

The trial continues, stay with WAVE3.com for the latest in this case.

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