PERCY, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor of a man charged with setting a southern Illinois house fire that killed four children says authorities believe they know the motivations behind the blaze, but he won't reveal that immediately.
Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker tells reporters he's withholding such details so he doesn't jeopardize 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski's trial on four first-degree murder counts.
Walker says he's intent on making sure Twardoski spends the rest of his life in prison in connection with the blaze early Friday that killed four siblings in the small southwestern Illinois village of Percy.
The victims, ages 12 and nine, and 5-year-old twins, were laid to rest Tuesday.
During a court appearance Monday, Twardoski pleaded not guilty, was denied bond and was assigned a public defender to represent him.
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