Hearing delayed for Illinois man accused of killing four children in house fire

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by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 2:52 AM

(KMOV) -- A pre-trial hearing has been delayed for a man accused of setting a southern Illinois house fire that killed four children last year.

Monday's hearing for Derrick Twardoski has been rescheduled for April 17. 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.
 
Eight exhibits are still being tested for DNA evidence in the case. Randolph County prosecutors say the testing will be done Monday and results should be available in 30 days.
 
The fire killed siblings ages 12, 9 and 5-year-old twins. Their parents and a 6-year-old escaped.

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