Arson defense may shift the focus

When Tommy Lunceford Jr. goes on trial next month on arson charges, lawyers for the Gulf Shores businessman will try to shift the focus to his alleged victim, recent filings in Mobile’s federal court suggest.

The November 2007 fire ripped through Lunceford’s commercial building off of Ala. 59, gutting a restaurant located there.

Prosecutors maintain that the former Auburn University punter from the 1960s was motivated, in part, by bad blood between himself and the couple who managed the restaurant

Arson defense may shift the focus