Suspect in Akron house fire that killed 7 appears in court

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AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio man accused of starting a house fire that killed seven of his neighbors appeared in court Wednesday.

Stanley Ford faces aggravated murder and arson charges. He was denied bond "due to the nature of the incident and the potential risk to the community" and will appear in court again Thursday.

Charges could be refiled with death penalty specifications.

Police arrested the 58-year-old Ford on Tuesday. He's accused of setting the fire on May 15 that killed two adults and five children.

Investigators aren't discussing a possible motive or what led them to Ford.

A message seeking comment was left at his home and court records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.

One of his neighbors says she saw Ford at a vigil for the family on Saturday.

Tiffney Gary says she never saw him arguing with the family who died.

Another neighbor says Ford "seemed like a straight-up gentlemen."

Continuing coverage here.