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Jan 12, 12:13 AM EST

Ohio judge delays trial in blaze that killed 2 firefighters

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The trial of a man accused of setting a fire that killed two Ohio firefighters has been delayed until April.

An attorney for Ray Abou-Arab told a judge in Toledo that he doesn't believe a defense can be adequately prepared in time for the start of jury selection, which was slated for Feb. 6. The defense and the prosecution agreed to a period from April 3 to April 21 for the trial. Jury questioning is set for mid-March.

The 63-year-old Abou-Arab has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges accusing him of starting the 2014 fire at a Toledo apartment building he owned. Authorities allege he used a flammable liquid to start the blaze that killed a veteran firefighter and a rookie inside the building.

Abou-Arab remains jailed.

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