Talker: Trial by fire: Lawyer’s pants set ablaze during arson case

March 9th, 2017 10:29 pm

MIAMI — A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire Wednesday after he told jurors during arguments in an arson case that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and wasn’t intentionally set.

As he started speaking to the jury, Stephen Gutierrez, 28, said he noticed his pocket began to feel hot.

“When I checked my pocket, I noticed that the heat was coming from a small e-cigarette battery I had in my pocket,” Gutierrez told The Associated Press via email on Thursday afternoon. He said he had two to three of the batteries in his right pocket.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2m4lhIE) reported Gutierrez was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and wasn’t intentionally set on fire.

Gutierrez said he quickly left the courtroom and went to a courthouse bathroom.

— The Associated Press

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