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Jury deliberating in Lukjan arson trial

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An image from court documents showing fire crews on the scene of the fire at Campbell's Gourmet Cottage on August 16, 2006. An image from court documents showing fire crews on the scene of the fire at Campbell's Gourmet Cottage on August 16, 2006.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The fate of Susan Lukjan once again rests in the hands of a Jefferson County jury.

Lukjan was convicted in 2010 of intentionally setting fire to her store, Campbell's Gourmet Cottage, on August 19, 2006. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but was released on shock probation in January 2011.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals later overturned her conviction after ruling that a key defense witness, a nationally known fire scene expert, should have been allowed to testify at her trial.

During the trial, prosecutors said Lukjan owed so much money to creditors that she "set fire to her St. Matthews business."

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

Lukjan, who has refused to take a plea deal because she wanted to prove her innocence, took the stand in her own defense.

The jury began their deliberations around 11:15 a.m. We'll bring you the verdict as soon as the jury comes back.

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