Abou Arab defense wants surveillance video thrown out in case

Ray Abou Arab in court
Ray Abou Arab in court

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The man accused of setting the fire that killed two Toledo firefighters was in court again Thursday for a pretrial hearing.

During the hearing for Ray Abou Arab, a witness took the stand and mentioned a list of questions and answers he received from the prosecutors to prepare him for questioning. He said some of the answers to the questions were his, but some were not.

The judge then ruled to allow the defense to see the list of questions, which could potentially hurt the state prosecution's case.

Another reason for the pretrial Thursday was to determine whether or not surveillance video captured from the carryout next to Abou Arab's apartment building could be used as evidence in the case.

Abou Arab's attorneys argue a search warrant was not served to remove the DVR footage from the store, therefore it should not be used. Prosecutors say the carryout owner gave police written consent, and they say time was of the essence.

"There's a chance they're going to overwrite [the video]," said TPD Officer Mark Johnson. "It could also be damaged, destroyed, stolen."

There was no word on the judge's ruling at the time of this report.

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