Akron man accused of deadly arson ordered for second competency evaluation

Akron man accused of deadly arson ordered for second competency evaluation
Stanley Ford appears at a court hearing on Sept. 24. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A judge has ordered an Akron man, who is accused of several deadly arson cases, to undergo a second competency hearing.

This second competency hearing comes after Stanley Ford was found competent to stand trial following his first mental evaluation.

Ford is accused of setting several fires that killed nine people, including a one-year-old baby.

The psychiatrist who formed a three-week mental evaluation exam of Ford issued a nine-page report to the Summit County judge that concluded that Ford, is mentally competent to stand trial in a case that has the possibility for the death sentence.

The defense attorneys did not agree with the report and asked that the evidence used to come to that conclusion be shared.

Ford is accused of setting three arson fires since April 2016, killing a total of nine people.

The youngest victim was one-year-old.

Ford pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $7 million bond.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

19 News spoke to Ford back in 2017 when he was living in a home next to one that he allegedly set on fire.

Ford claimed then that he didn’t know anything about the deadly fire.

  • The first fire was on April 18, 2016, at 719 Fultz Avenue. Lindell Lewis and Gloria Jean Hart were killed.
  • The second fire was on Jan. 23, 2017, at 723 Russell Avenue. A Dodge Durango was set on fire, and nobody was hurt.
  • The third fire was on May 15, 2017, at 693 Fultz Avenue. Seven people were killed, including two adults and five kids.

Victims

  1. Jared Boggs, 14
  2. Daisia Huggins, 6
  3. Kyle Huggins, 5
  4. Alivia Huggins, 3
  5. Cameron Huggins, 16-month-old
  6. Dennis Huggins, 35
  7. Angela Boggs, 38
  8. Lindell Lewis, 56
  9. Gloria Jean Hart, 61

A status conference has been set for Nov. 13 at 8:45 a.m.

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