Accused arsonist on trial for deaths of 9 people faces Summit County judge

Accused arsonist on trial for deaths of 9 people faces Summit County judge

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Akron man accused in three arsons that resulted in the deaths of nine people appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.

Stanley Ford faced a Summit County Court of Common Pleas judge for a status hearing.

Ford last appearance in court was in November for a competency hearing where the attorneys and prosecutors discussed a psychiatrist’s findings from a weeks-long mental evaluation.

During November’s hearing, the judge did not decide if Ford is mentally fit to stand trial. He was argumentative during his recent court appearances, but remained quiet on Tuesday.

The 58-year-old is accused of setting three fires, beginning in April of 2016, that resulted in the deaths of nine people.

  • 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, 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

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

[Stanley Ford: Man charged in deadly Akron fire, denied involvement to 19 News]

Ford’s next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 9 am.

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