Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Murder, arson trial starts

The Associated Press

        LIMA, Ohio — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of organizing the deadly firebombing of a house.

        Samuel Williams of Lima is charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated arson. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

        It may take all week to pick the jury in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Williams planned the March firebombing that killed five people, including four children.

        Eight men have been convicted for taking part in planning and carrying out the fire. Prosecutors said the men set the fire to get even with one of the home's occupants, whom they suspected of stealing cocaine.

        Their target, Rodney Bunley, was the only survivor.


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