Ohio judge grants new trial in fire that killed 9

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A judge in Ohio has granted a new trial for a man convicted in a 2005 house fire that killed nine people, including eight children at sleepover.

Federal Judge Solomon Oliver ruled Wednesday that the conviction of 28-year-old Antun Lewis in the Cleveland fire was based on unreliable witnesses.

At the same time, the judge said he did not find that Lewis didn't commit the crime. He says a new trial will provide an incentive to answer unresolved questions.