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Jury selection in trial of man accused of starting Cleveland's deadliest fire

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Jury trial is scheduled to begin today for the man accused of starting Cleveland's deadliest fire.

Police say Antun Lewis set the devastating fire on East 87th Street in May of 2005. He allegedly doused the home with gasoline before torching it.

A total of nine people lost their lives, including eight children.

Lewis, however, will not face the death penalty. A judge says Lewis has a low IQ and behavioral problems. He has already been to prison six times in the past 30 years.

The victims, 7-year-old Fakih Jones, 12-year-old Shauntavia Mitchell, 12-year-old Maleeya Williams 13-year-old Miles Golden Cockfield, 13-year-old Earnest Tate, Jr., 14-year-old Antwon Jackson, Jr., 14-year-old Moses Williams, Jr., 15-year-old Devonte Carter and 33-year-old Media Carter. All died of smoke inhalation.

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