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Charges dropped against couple 4 years after $600k home burns

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Charges have been dropped against a Union County couple who were accused of burning down a $600,000 home four years ago.

The Monroe home along the 1000-block of Brentwood Lane the young couple was renting burned down in May 2010.

Andrew and Carmin Currie were arrested in connection more than three months later.

They were each initially held on a million-dollar bond. Those bonds were later reduced.

Nearly four years after they were initially charged, court records in Union County states that charges were "dismissed for insufficient evidence to convict beyond a reasonable doubt."

"Mr. and Mrs. Currie are gratified that the unfounded charges against them have finally been dismissed," the couple's lawyer said in a statement to WBTV. "The last four years have been very difficult for the Currie family, as they have lived under a cloud of suspicion and suffered public humiliation as a result of these baseless accusations."

"The Curries are glad that the District Attorney's Office reviewed the evidence and took action to see that justice was finally done," their lawyer continued. "They look forward to attempting to put this painful period behind them, and return to a normal life."

Andrew Currie initially told investigators that he had just returned home when he saw two people running from the house.

When Andrew Currie approached the home, he called his wife, who was following him in another vehicle. He told her to call police because he just saw two people running from their home with a white bag which they dropped before entering the woods.

When Andrew Currie walked inside the house, he told police he smelled gasoline and noticed the carpet was soaked with gasoline. There were also several spots of fire, he said.

While Carmin Currie was on the phone talking with the 911 operator, she spotted smoke coming from the house.

The home, which is has a tax value of more than $600,000, was a complete loss and was owned by David Cuthbertson, a well-known developer in the Union County area. He originally lived in the home and was only a month away from closing a deal to sell it to the Curries.

A neighbor told police that around the time the fire started, he heard what appeared to be a four-wheeler from the cul-de-sac located in front of his residence. The neighbor was unable to see the vehicle, but he was certain it was a four-wheeler.

Detectives later recovered the white bag that was dropped along the woods line.

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