Lesbian couple spray-paints anti-gay slurs on their home before burning it down and reporting hate crimeBy Mason White 5:33 PM August 6, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A lesbian couple claimed they were victims of a hate crime when their home was spray-painted with anti-gay slurs.
Carol Ann Stutte and Laura Jean Stutte were left homeless after their home burned down in what they claimed was a hate crime.
The couple of Vonore, Tennessee, filed a complaint against their neighbor, Janice Millsaps, saying that she threatened to kill them and burn their house down.
However, their neighbor was never arrested as there was no evidence to their claim.
The word “queer” was spray painted on their detached garage, causing police to believe that the fire was started as a hate crime.
Their insurance company caught on to them months after the fire and accused the couple of perpetuating a hoax and blaming the fire on their neighbor.
The homeowners intended to cash in on a $276,000 insurance claim.
Now, a jury in U.S. District Court, returned a verdict in favor of American National Property and Casualty Company.
The jury believed the insurance company’s claim that the couple spray-painted the anti-gay slogan on their own home to spin the fire as a hate crime based on their sexual orientation.