Keene, NH jury unable to reach decision in quadruple fatal ’89 fire

December 19, 2013, 11:45 am
SHARE THIS POST
Print Article


KEENE, N.H. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case against a man accused of setting a 1989 fire that killed a New Hampshire family of four.
   
The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision Thursday in David McLeod's case.
   
McLeod was charged with four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Carl and Lori Hina, their 4-month-old daughter, Lillian, and Carl Hina's 12-year-old daughter, Sara.
   
Prosecutors say McLeod had threatened to set fire to the apartment house where his ex-girlfriend lived and was jubilant during and after the fire, until he learned of the deaths. A lawyer for the 57-year-old McLeod argued his cruel statements don't prove his guilt.
   
Judge John Kissinger refused to grant McLeod bail but said a retrial would have to be scheduled soon.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Tags: new hampshire, Fire, David McLeod, Keene, mistrial, jury deadlock, quadruple fatal
RELATED STORIES
COMMENTS
On last day of the expo at Hynes Convention Center, veteran runners spoke as massive crowds congregated at Copley Square
Pre-game ceremony took place at Fenway Park on eve of Boston Marathon
'Carbo-loading' event on eve of Boston Marathon featured upbeat music and high spirits