Cleveland’s ‘Deadliest Fire’ Case Given to Jury

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CLEVELAND — Closing arguments in the Antun Lewis case were completed Thursday and the case was given to the jury.

Lewis was convicted in February of intentionally setting a blaze in May 2005 that killed eight children and one adult.

A federal appeals court awarded him a new trial in April.

Lewis took the stand for the first time on his own behalf on Monday and testified he was on drugs at the time of the fire. He said he learned about the tragedy through phone calls from friends and neighbors.

He also revealed his own sister was one of the children killed in the fire.

The jury will begin deliberations on Friday.

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