Andvik Trial is underwayMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Accused arsonist Tara Andvik will soon know her fate. Her long awaited trial is finally underway. Andvik is facing 3 charges of first degree arson after authorities say she set fire to and destroyed her deck, her barn and eventually her home.
Accused arsonist Tara Andvik will soon know her fate. Her long awaited trial is finally underway. Andvik is facing 3 charges of first degree arson after authorities say she set fire to and destroyed her deck, her barn and eventually her home.
In a trial that's expected to last up to the week, today's opening statements didn't skimp out on any of the drama. In its opening statement, the prosecution wove a tale of an avid bow hunter who had an intense extra-marital affair that came to a screeching halt.
The prosecution says the married mother of two struck up a romantic relationship with Keith Beam, an editor of the "The Wild Outdoors" in 2011. Andvik then began making appearances on the show as an expert, but in July the affair went south.
The state says Beam proposed to Andvik and she accepted, but she decided against divorcing her current husband. Beam and Andvik then filed restraining orders against each other a short time before the first grass fire on the Andvik property on October 7th.
Six witnesses testified, including firefighters and sheriff's deputies. Witnesses laid out the details of how they responded to two grass fires October 7th and 8th.
Then a deck fire on the 12th. Witnesses testified this is when they began suspecting arson. Hours after the deck fire, while the state fire marshal was on scene, the barn went up in flames and was destroyed.
This is what Andvik had to say the morning after the deck fire.
Tara Andvik – October 2011: “Enough is enough. Whatever point they’re trying to prove, they’ve proven it. They’ve taken away my feeling of safety and they should be ashamed of themselves.”
A week later on the 19th, firefighters responded to a fire inside the home, which they could not save.
Firefighters testified Andvik did not request them to save any personal belongings, only a purse that was in the kitchen. The prosecution said Andvik repeatedly tried to pin the blame on her ex-lover.
Neither the state nor the defense disputed the romantic relationship, nor the fact that Andvik was the only known person present at the time of every fire on the property. The trial is set to resume at 9:30 tomorrow morning.