- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The latest capital murder trial of a man accused of killing nine people in two separate arson fires has been delayed until January.

Stanley Ford, 61, of Akron, had gone on trial in February, but it was soon halted by the coronavirus pandemic and the judge overseeing the case eventually declared a mistrial in June. A pretrial hearing in the case was then scheduled for this month, and the jury selection process was also due to begin.

However, Summit County Court of Common Pleas officials say jury selection will now start on Jan. 19. They have not said what caused the delay.

Ford is accused of killing two people in 2016 and seven people, including five children, in 2017.

Both fires occurred in Ford’s Akron neighborhood. He set the fires because of disputes with his neighbors, prosecutors have alleged, but Ford maintains his innocence. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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