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Fire Trial: Suspect will not face death penalty for Cleveland's deadliest fire

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The man charged in Cleveland's deadliest fire will not die for his crimes.

Eight children who were spending the night at a sleep over and a mother were killed in the fire on East 87th Street in 2005. Convicted drug dealer Antun Lewis is accused of setting the fire.

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. ruled that Lewis' low IQ and behavioral problems is reason enough to rule out capital punishment.

The federal death penalty was first an option because the mother, 33-year-old Madeia Carter, rented the home through a federal Section 8 rent subsidy.

Lewis has previously been to prison six times in the past 30-years.

His trial is scheduled to begin on Jan 5.

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