The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 7, 2012

Bench trial set in fire death of two Lackawanna County boys

SCRANTON — A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of setting a fire that killed two of his ex-girlfriend's young sons is set to appear before a judge next month to stand trial.

A Lackawanna County judge will preside over the nonjury trial of 43-year-old William Woods that's scheduled for Sept. 5.

Investigators say Woods set the July 2010 fire in Scranton that killed 9-year-old Taevon Miles and 10-year-old Michael Miles. Their mother and 12-year-old brother were also seriously injured.

The fire is suspected of starting in the home's dining room, possibly through a broken window.

Prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty in return for Woods agreeing to accept a nonjury trial.

Woods had previously threatened to kill his ex and burn down the house.


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