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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
The jury reached a verdict around 3:30 Friday afternoon in the re-trial for Antun Lewis. 19 Action News is now waiting for it to be read in open court.
Lewis was found guilty.
Lewis was previously convicted of setting Cleveland’s deadliest fire. A federal judge decided Lewis was entitled to a new trial based on testimony from unreliable witnesses.
Lewis, 29, maintains his innocence. If found guilty, he faces life in prison.
The fire back in May of 2005 on East 87th Street killed a woman and eight children.
7-year-old Faith Jones, 12-year-old Shauntavia Mitchell, 13-year-old Miles Golden Cockfield, 13-year-old Antwon Jackson Jr., 14-year-old Moses William Jr., 15-year-old Devonte Carter, 12-year-old Maleeya Williams, and 33-year-old Media Carter all died from smoke inhalation during a birthday sleepover.
Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News
Verdict Reached in Deadly Cleveland Arson Case [UPDATE] was originally published on wzakcleveland.com