Separate trials for brothers accused in fatal fire

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Two southwestern Wisconsin brothers accused in a fire that killed three children will be tried separately.

Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in Lafayette County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege the brothers set Armin Wand's Argyle home on fire Sept. 7 in an effort to kill Armin Wand's family because he wanted a fresh start.

Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3, 5 and 7, were killed. His pregnant wife rescued their 2-year-old daughter from the fire, but suffered a miscarriage. The 32-year-old father will stand trial Feb. 25 on eight charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.

The State Journal (http://bit.ly/SPraFH ) says 18-year-old Jeremy Wand pleaded not guilty to seven counts, but a trial date has not yet been set.

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STORY FROM NOV. 30
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a southwestern Wisconsin father with killing his unborn child in a fire he allegedly set to wipe out his family.

According to court documents, Armin Wand III and his brother, Jeremy Wand, set a fire in Armin Wand's Argyle home in September in hopes of killing Armin Wand's pregnant wife and their four children.

Armin Wand's three sons perished in the fire. His wife managed to rescue their 2-year-old daughter but suffered injuries that family members said killed her unborn child.

The brothers face a host of charges, including multiple homicide counts and arson. State Justice Department attorneys added a count of first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child against both of them on Nov. 15.

They're set to be arraigned Wednesday.
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STORY FROM 11/14
(WEAU) - A new judge will take the trial of two brothers charged with killing three children in a Lafayette County house fire.

Green County Judge Thomas Vale was appointed to replace a Lafayette County judge at the request of Armin and Jeremy Wand.

One of the motions Vale will consider is a defense request to move the trial out of Lafayette County. The brothers are facing homicide charged for killing three children and trying to kill Armin's wife and 2-year-old daughter.


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