Masten Continues Appeal of Arson Conviction

She’s been convicted of arson and served her time, but Former Kirksville Mayor Debbie Masten is continuing to appeal her case. An 8th Circuit Court panel has granted a “certificate of appealability” on her conviction for setting her own business on fire in 2007, based on her claims that her right of due process was violated when the prosecution failed to produce the original copy of the VHS surveillance tape. Instead prosecutors only provided her attorney and the jury DVD copies, which Masten claims may not have been as accurate as the original VHS tape. In her appeal, Masten says the jury could have found her not guilty had they seen the original tape.