Akron arson suspect accused of killing 9 people is found competent to stand trial

Akron arson suspect accused of killing 9 people is found competent to stand trial
Stanley Ford (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - The man accused of setting three arson fires in Akron, killing a total of nine people, has now been found competent to stand trial.

Stanley Ford was arrested in May of 2017.

Akron police said Ford’s first fire was on April 18, 2016 at 719 Fultz Avenue. Lindell Lewis and Gloria Jean Hart were killed in that blaze.

According to officials, Ford’s second arson fire was on Jan. 23, 2017 at 723 Russell Avenue. A Dodge Durango was set on fire, but there were no injuries.

Akron police said his third fire was on May 15, 2017 at 693 Fultz Avenue. Two adults and five children died in that house fire. The youngest victim was a one-year-old child.

There is a hearing on Jan. 17 to address Ford’s motion to dismiss the death specifications.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 18.

Ford faces the death penalty if convicted.

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