Woman wins $2.75 million award after house burned in arson
COLUMBIA (AP) —
A jury has awarded a Columbia woman more than $2.75 million for injuries and losses she suffered during an arson fire at her home.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports when the lawsuit went to trial this month, Circuit Judge Robert Koffman had already determined that Mehrad Fotoohighiam, president of Electenergy Technologies, was responsible for the December 2014 fire that injured Marcia Green. Green escaped the fire through a window.
Authorities alleged Fotoohighiam and Green were feuding because he wanted to buy the land where her trailer was located.
Fotoohighiam is awaiting trial for first-degree arson. He's also charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors alleged he offered to pay at least three different inmates to abduct and murder his ex-wife, the judge and prosecutors assigned to his case.