Judge grants new trial for Antun Lewis in Cleveland fire that killed 9

CLEVELAND - A federal judge in Ohio has granted a new trial for a man convicted in a 2005 house fire that killed nine people, including eight children at a birthday sleepover.

Judge Solomon Oliver ruled Wednesday that the conviction of 28-year-old Antun Lewis in the Cleveland fire was based on unreliable witnesses.

At the same time, the judge said he did not find that Lewis didn't commit the crime. He says a new trial will provide an incentive to answer unresolved questions.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney's office in Cleveland said they will appeal the decision.

Lewis' attorney says that his client has always maintained his innocence and that the defense is ready to retry the case.

The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters.

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