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Hearing set for August 12 in murder trial for child accused of killing five in fire

Woodford County Court
Woodford County Court(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 3:10 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - After more than 3 years the murder trial for a child in Woodford County accused of setting the fire that killed five people is drawing closer.

Friday, Judge Charles Feeney set a ‘discharge hearing’ for August 12th, all day. The prosecution and defense have been working to find whether or not the now 11-year-old boy is fit to stand trial.

Evidence will be heard during the August hearing to determine if the boy could be fit to stand trial within the next year.

Five people were killed in the April 2019 fire at a mobile home park in Goodfield. Recorded conversations between law enforcement and the then 9-year-old boy were previously ruled admissible as evidence in the case.

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