TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The man accused of setting the fire that killed two Toledo firefighters was back in court Monday, and this time, the judge made a significant ruling.
The Honorable Stacy Cook ruled that Ray Abou Arab is indigent. That means he does not have the funds to pay for court costs, expert witnesses or any other investigation his legal team needs to do before the trial.
When charged, Ray Abou Arab and his family hired two well-known defense attorneys to try his case. Those attorneys have received payments to defend Abou Arab. But after he has been held in the Lucas County Jail for two years awaiting his trial, the judge determined that Abou Arab does not have the funds to continue paying his attorneys or cover the costs of expert witnesses, who will be called to testify in his favor during trial.
On Monday, his two defense attorneys determined the money they have been payed up until this point will be enough to cover the rest of their work on the case.
A trial date has still not been set in the case.
The judge was hopeful that she could set a trial date at today's hearing, but the defense filed a new motion requesting the death penalty charges be thrown out.
Judge Cook will rule on that motion first before scheduling the trial.
Ray Abou Arab is scheduled to be back in court at the end of June.