Benjamin Gilmore in court (credit: The Coloradoan)

Benjamin Gilmore in court (credit: The Coloradoan)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– The jury went home on Thursday in the second Penny Flats arson trial after just two hours of deliberations. They did not reach a verdict and were scheduled to return on Friday to continue deliberations.

Benjamin Gilmore is charged with setting fire to an apartment building under construction in October 2011. The fire spread to the Penny Flats apartment complex which caused $10 million in damage.

penny flats fire Jury Deliberates 2nd Penny Flats Arson Trial

A photo of the fire at the Penny Flats building on Oct. 24, 2011 (credit: Poudre Fire Authority)

Gilmore is charged with arson, attempted murder and criminal mischief.

After six days of deliberations in the fall of 2012, following four weeks of testimony, the judge in the Gilmore trial issued a mistrial after the jury said they were split on the charges.


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