LATEST: The 45-year-old son of soul superstar Aretha Franklin is the prime suspect for the arson attack that destroyed her home.

Aretha, 61, was devastated by the fire, which gutted her mansion near Detroit, Michigan.

Police claim to have found traces of chemicals on EDWARD FRANKLIN's shoes and jacket that match those found at the scene of the fire last October (02).

However, lawyers for Edward insist the chemicals were being stored at the house.

14/07/2003 13:25