Deal reached over DNA testing in deadly fire case

Deal reached over DNA testing in deadly fire case

Deal reached over DNA testing in deadly fire case

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- A legal dispute over DNA testing of supposed evidence against a man accused of setting a southern Illinois house fire that killed four children has been resolved.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports a judge in Derrick Twardoski’s case has agreed to hiring an expert to oversee testing of eight potential exhibits. Those items include swabs from a gas cap, gas can, a rag, lighter and cigarette pack.

Prosecutors had said lab testing may destroy some of the potential exhibits. Twardoski’s public defender objected to that prospect.

The 33-year-old Twardoski has pleaded not guilty to four first-degree murder counts in the deaths last May in Percy, a village 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. The fire killed siblings ages 12, 9 and 5-year-old twins.

Their parents and a 6-year-old escaped.

    

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