Defense wants statements omitted at Indiana fatal fire trial

Keywords Arson / Courts / Evansville / neglect

Defense attorneys for an Evansville man accused of starting a deadly March fire have asked a judge to keep statements he made to police from being used at trial.

Christopher Compton faces murder and arson charges after a March blaze left three people dead. The Evansville Courier and Press reports the 32-year-old man's attorney asked a judge Wednesday to omit statements Compton made to police because they came after he asked for a lawyer. Prosecutors argue police took the proper steps to make sure the interview was conducted correctly.

Compton's attorneys say they will pursue a defense of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at his March 30 trial.

Three-year-old Jazmine Jones; her 28-year-old mother, Keri Jones; and 76-year-old Donald Lankford were killed in the fire.

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