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Pittston man faces arson trial in Luzerne County Court

PITTSTON - Prosecutors believe a Scooby-Doo key chain and an adopted brother who waited more than a month before going to authorities link Shawn Stewart to setting a fire that severely damaged his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Pittston.

“The evidence points to one person and that person is Shawn Stewart,” said Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Timothy Doherty after Stewart’s preliminary hearing in Central Court on Friday.

Stewart’s defense lawyer, Charles Ross, said the only evidence prosecutors have is that a fire had been set.

“(Stewart) didn’t set this fire. There’s no physical evidence against my client,” Ross said.

Stewart now faces trial in Luzerne County Court for setting the June 29th fire inside 266 S. Main St., an apartment building owned by Thomas McCormack.

Arson and related charges were bound over for trial by District Judge Fred Pierantoni, who heard nearly two hours of testimony on Friday.

Prosecutors believe Stewart set the fire because Lewis was with another man that night.

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