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Trial for man accused of killing 9 in Akron house fires postponed until next year

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 11:34:13-04

AKRON, Ohio — Another trial date has been set for Stanley Ford; the man accused of setting multiple homes on fire in Akron that resulted in the deaths of nine people.

Ford’s trial started earlier this year but was put on hold and rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns. It was set to resume in August, but has now been moved to next year, with jury selection starting on Jan. 19, 2021, according to Summit County Court of Common Pleas officials.

Ford, 60, is facing 28 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated murder in connection with three Akron fires that happened in 2016 and 2017. Ford has maintained his innocence.

In April of 2016, Lindell Lewis, 65, and his girlfriend, Gloria Jean Hart, 66, were killed in a fire at their home in the 700 block of Fultz Street.

In January of 2017, an SUV parked in the driveway of a home on Russell Avenue was set on fire. No one was injured.

In May of 2017, seven people were killed in a house fire in the 600 block of Fultz Street. The victims were identified at Dennis Huggins, 35, Angela Boggs, 38, and their five children, Cameron Huggins, 1, Alivia Huggins, 3, Kyle Huggins, 5, Daisia Huggins, 6, and Jared Boggs, who was 14.

That fire was the deadliest in Akron's history.

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