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Man accused in fatal Detroit fire incompetent for trial

DETROIT – A man accused of setting Detroit apartment fire that killed five people is ruled incompetent to stand trial.

The Wayne County public prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that a judge made the determination in the case of Henry Johnson this month. This was followed by a competency exam, on the question of whether he understood the charges against him.

Prosecutor’s spokeswoman Maria Miller said in an e-mail that he receives ongoing psychiatric care and under court supervision. Charges including first-degree murder, first-degree arson, were dismissed.

Five people died and others were injured in the March 8 fire. The police said that an argument is preceded by the fire, which was fueled by the extraordinary gusts of wind. The 55-year-old said that he is not anyone of murder.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Johnson’s attorney.

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