Closing arguments begin in arson trial for Stanley Ford, the Akron man accused of killing 9 people

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 9:05 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The closing arguments in the death penalty arson trial for Stanley Ford began Monday morning.

Ford is accused of intentionally setting three different fires beginning in 2016, killing a total of nine people.

19 News will live stream Monday’s proceedings here:

Over the course of witness testimony, jurors heard from Akron police and fire investigators, Ford’s neighbors, and the victim’s relatives. a video deposition from one of Ford’s former neighbors.

The 62-year-old suspect is accused of setting the three fires, beginning in April 2016:

  • 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.

The victims were identified as:

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

A mistrial was initially declared for Ford in June 2020 during the first criminal proceedings. Shortly after meeting with jurors, Judge Christine Croce called the mistrial because of the challenges of moving forward with a fair trial while still practicing safe COVID-19 protocols.

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

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

If convicted, Ford, who was arrested in May 2017, faces the death penalty.

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