November retrial in 9 arson deaths in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — A November retrial has been set for the man suspected in the 2005 arson deaths of a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover in Cleveland.

Federal Judge Solomon Oliver set the Nov. 1 trial date Tuesday for 29-year-old Antun Lewis.

Lewis had asked for a July date to meet speedy trial deadlines, but the judge says the case is too complex to begin that soon.

Lewis’ conviction at his first trial was overturned over testimony from jailhouse informants denounced by the defense as unreliable.

The May 21, 2005, fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other children attending a 14th-birthday sleepover.

Lewis has always maintained his innocence. He knew some of the victims and says he would never harm a child.

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