CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a bid for a third trial in a Cleveland house fire that killed a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover.
A panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday against Antun Lewis. Juries convicted him twice on charges that he set the 2005 fire.
Lewis has contended repeatedly that he didn’t set the fire and expressed condolences to the families.
His first trial verdict was thrown out over questionable testimony from jailhouse informants. Another jury convicted him in December 2013.
The latest appeal claimed the verdict went against the weight of the evidence, and also claimed misconduct by the prosecution and misuse of federal arson law.
The 32-year-old Lewis is a serving a 35-year prison sentence.