AKRON, Ohio – Lawyers for an Ohio man charged in two fires that killed nine people on the street say that his statements to the police must be excluded at trial in the potential death penalty case.
Fifty-eight-year-old Stanley Ford, of Akron, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in April 2016 fire that killed two adults and a May 2017 blaze that killed two adults and five children.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the researchers questioned Ford seven times. A judge is considering Ford’s statements should be excluded at trial, which has not yet been scheduled.
Defense attorneys argue Ford was advised of his rights, was improperly surveyed and not voluntary statements to the police.
Prosecutors say detectives followed the correct procedures. They claim that Ford spoke with the researchers to learn what they knew.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com