Opening arguments for Akron arson suspect accused of killing 9 people

Opening arguments for Akron arson suspect accused of killing 9 people
Stanley Ford (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Opening arguments scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon in the trial for the man accused of setting three arson fires in Akron, killing a total of nine people.

Opening arguments for Akron arson suspect accused of killing 9 people

Before opening arguments were heard, jury members for the Stanley Ford trial went to visit the site of his crimes.

Jury members went to view the crime scenes on March 10, 2020.
Jury members went to view the crime scenes on March 10, 2020. (Source: WOIO)

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.

Two people were killed in the fire at 719 Fultz Avenue on April 18th, 2016.
Two people were killed in the fire at 719 Fultz Avenue on April 18th, 2016. (Source: WOIO)

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.

Seven people were killed in an arson fire at 693 Fultz Avenue on May 15, 2017.
Seven people were killed in an arson fire at 693 Fultz Avenue on May 15, 2017. (Source: WOIO)

Ford faces the death penalty if convicted.

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