Trial Begins For Man Accused of Deadly House Fire

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A trial is underway in central Illinois for a man accused of setting a Peoria house fire that killed four people, including a 2-year-old boy.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that a jury of seven men and five women were selected Wednesday in the Peoria County trial of 37-year-old Aunterrio Barney of Chicago.

He’s charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson in connection with April 2010 fire that killed sisters 24-year-old Youlandice Simmons, 22-year-old Brianna Simmons and 19-year-old Darresse Roddy. Youlandice Simmon’s 2-year-old son died the next day.

Barney fled and federal marshals arrested him two months later in North Carolina.

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