Missouri pastor living in Vermont charged in arson

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DEXTER, Mo. (AP) _ A southeast Missouri pastor has been charged with enlisting his mistress and her husband in an unsuccessful plot to burn down his home and kill his wife.

Sixty-nine-year-old Donald Lafferty was arrested Monday night by state police in Massachusetts. The former Bloomfield school board member moved to Vermont after a 2013 house fire that police say was arson.

The Dexter Daily Statesman (http://bit.ly/1mSEX0y) reports that police say Lafferty enlisted 33-year-old Brandy Hicks of Dexter and her husband Chris in a scheme to burn the house and collect insurance money. A court clerk in Stoddard County says none of the suspects have attorneys. The Hicks are jailed in Stoddard County; Lafferty is jailed in Massachusetts.

Lafferty also faces a felony charge of financial exploitation in a case involving his 89-year-old mother.

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