A military jury has the case of a Robins Air Force Base airman accused of felony murder in an alleged insurance fraud scheme.
Charles Amos Wilson III, 28, is accused of conspiring with Demetrius and Infini Hardy to burn down his rented Warner Robins home Oct. 2, 2011 to collect $40,000 in insurance on the airman’s belongings.
Demetrius Hardy, 27, died several days later at an Augusta burn center from injuries sustained from an explosion during the fire.
The jury, a seven-member court-martial panel, deliberated for about an hour before recessing for the day. Deliberations are expected to resume Wednesday morning.
The trial, one of three courts-martial proceedings against Wilson, is taking place at the Houston County Courthouse in Perry.
Military prosecutors contend that Wilson agreed to give Demetrius Hardy a motorcycle and some cash from the insurance claim for torching his residence at 105 Spruce St.
But military defense attorneys countered that Demetrius and Infini Hardy acted independently of Wilson and set fire to the home to cover their tracks when burglarizing it.
The men were friends through motorcycle clubs they rode in.
Infini Hardy, 36, was indicted by a Houston County grand jury on Oct. 8, 2013 on two counts of arson and one count of burglary in connection to the fire. That case is still pending, said District Attorney George Hartwig.
Hardy testified last…