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Pa. Judge Tosses Murder Charge

October 12, 2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A judge threw out murder charges Tuesday against a man whose basement marijuana-growing equipment overheated and started a blaze that killed two firefighters.

Judge Teresa Deni said prosecutors had not shown that Daniel Brough was acting with malice when he set up powerful lights and fans to help grow the plants.

The judge ordered Brough to face a trial on numerous other charges, including involuntary manslaughter, marijuana possession and causing a catastrophe.

A tangle of wires caught fire in August at Brough’s home in the city’s Port Richmond section.

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