Jury Finds Rudd Not Guilty

CLEVELAND – The jury in the trial of a mother accused of killing her children by setting their home on fire needed just over an hour to reach a verdict in the case, Action News' Ed Gallek reported.

They returned to the courtroom at the Justice Center in Downtown Cleveland and made a clear statement that they did not think the prosecution had proved its case against Eve Rudd. The jury found Rudd not guilty on all five counts that she was facing.

Rudd (pictured, above)

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s facing charges, including murder and arson, for the fatal incident that happened last June at the family's home on Eddy Road.

Rudd and her youngest child escaped the blaze, but little Arial and Stephen Rudd died.

Prosecutors had said that the mother set the fire for the purposes of killing the children as revenge against her cheating husband. Arial and Stephen were found burned to death in their bed. Their father

, Steven Rudd, who has backed his wife from the moment of her arrest,
was not home at the time of the fire.
He was at every stage of the trial, however, and was relieved when the jury handed down their decision.
"We could never grieve before," Steven said. "Now, we can grieve."
"She should have never been locked up in the first place," Eve's mother said. "We prayed this morning. The Lord brought her through it. The jury knew that she was not guilty."
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said that he's disappointed by the verdict, but that his staff did everything they could.
"You take your best shot. You put the evidence you have out there," Mason said. "We felt we had good evidence for a conviction. The jury looked at it differently.
"That's what happens sometimes. That's our system."
So, if Eve didn't set the fire, then who did? Defense attorney Ed Wade said that his expert concluded that it was undetermined how the fire started.