Trial to begin in 2014 deaths of 2 Toledo firefighters

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Jury selection is ready to begin for the trial of a property owner facing murder charges in the January 2014 deaths of two Toledo firefighters.

The Blade newspaper reports ( ) that a visit to the site is planned after jurors are seated in a selection that begins Monday. Strong public interest is expected in the Lucas County case before Judge Stacy Cook.

Building owner Ray Abou-Arab has denied setting the blaze that resulted in the deaths of the firefighters, 31-year-old James Dickman and 42-year-old Stephen Machcinski.

Prosecutors recently decided not to pursue death-penalty specifications in the case.

The 64-year-old man has been held in Lucas County for more than three years awaiting trial. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on aggravated murder counts.


Information from: The Blade,