Court Finds Lesbian Couple Guilty Of Destroying Own Home In Fake Hate Crime

The Stuttes won't receive a cent from their $276,000 insurance claim.

A Tennessee lesbian couple whose home was littered with anti-gay graffiti and burned to the ground in 2010 were revealed to be hoaxsters looking for a huge insurance payout, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

A federal jury ruled in favor of the couple’s insurance company Monday after it suspected the homeowners, Carol Ann and Laura Stutte, committed the heinous acts on their own while framing a neighbor.

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Local news stations were quick to cover the blaze and the Stuttes were just as quick in blaming Janice Millsaps, their neighbor, for setting the blaze after writing the words “queer” along the side of their still-standing garage.

In a lawsuit against Millsaps, the Stuttes claimed she “repeatedly threatened” their lives and clearly made threats to burn down their house. They also claimed that a month before the blaze, Millsaps asked them, “Do you know what is better than one dead queer? Two dead queers.”

The insurance company reportedly gave Millsaps a polygraph test, which she passed.

“We know who wrote those threats,” Laura Stutte told Metro Pulse after the fire. “Anyone who could go so far as to paint those hateful letters and burn someone else’s house down, they really are disturbed.”

The Stuttes won’t receive a cent from their $276,000 insurance claim on their home, and have not been charged with arson.

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