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Abou-Arab's defense requests hearing that could prove innocence

Ray Abou-Arab (Source: Lucas County Jail) Ray Abou-Arab (Source: Lucas County Jail)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Defense attorneys for the man accused of starting a fire that killed two Toledo firefighters say investigators might have destroyed a report that shows he is innocent.

A motion was filed in court Friday for a hearing regarding the destruction of potential evidence that could prove Ray Abou-Arab's innocence.

Investigators say the fire that killed Privates Stephen Machcinski and Jamie Dickman started in the garage of an apartment complex at Magnolia and Huron, but Abou-Arab's attorneys say one fire investigator's report suggests the fire may have originated in the kitchen area of one of the apartments.

The defense is asking a judge to schedule a hearing about getting that full report. There is no word on if that hearing will be scheduled.

Abou-Arab faces several charges in this case, including aggravated murder. He's expected in court later this month.

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