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Opening statements slated in homicide trial in fatal fire

May 28, 2019

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing three children by setting fire to their northeastern Pennsylvania home.

Jury selection was completed Tuesday for the trial of 28-year-old Preston Bonnett, of Wilkes-Barre (WILKS’-ba-ree). He faces three counts each of criminal homicide and arson in the October 2017 fire in Laflin that killed 7-year-old Ezekiel Major, 12-year-old Devon Major and 16-year-old Erik Dupree.

Luzerne County prosecutors say the defendant is the ex-boyfriend of the children’s mother and briefly stayed at the family’s home until he was thrown out.

Bonnett has repeatedly asserted his innocence. Defense attorney Bernard Brown has said that prosecutors have no evidence that Bonnett did anything wrong, only that he was at the home.

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