Man accused in St. Johnsbury murder, arson to stand trial

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A trial date has been set for Allen Draper, who is accused killing a St. Johnsbury man then setting his house on fire.

Draper was arrested last May after 52-year-old Tim Persons was found dead following a fire set in his St. Johnsbury home. An autopsy shows Persons died of blunt force trauma.

The Caledonian Record reports the trial is set to begin next April.

Draper is charged with first degree murder, first degree arson and other charges.

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