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"This was an ambush," jury deliberations underway in arson attack trial

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 15:11:34-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Jury deliberations are now underway in the arson attack case against Jonathon White.

White's ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Jessica Cameron, was doused in gasoline and set on fire on December 17, 2018 in the parking lot of the Tim Hortons where she worked in the City of Tonawanda. Police said before the attack, White contacted Cameron and asked her to come outside to talk.

On Thursday, Cameron took the stand to describe the attack. Cameron suffered severe burns to her face, hands and chest. She endured 12 surgeries. White also testified on Thursday, as the defense's only witness. He told the court he was suicidal the day of the attack, and that he didn't know how Cameron caught fire.

During closing arguments Friday morning, defense attorney John Terranova built off this testimony, reminding jurors to consider White's intent during the incident.

The prosecutor, Ryan Haggerty, argued in his closing statement that White intended to light Cameron on fire.

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