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Defendants in deadly Argyle fire want change of venue

DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- Two men charged with killing three children by setting an Argyle home on fire want to have their trial moved, or jurors brought in from somewhere else.

A Lafayette County judge Tuesday bound over for trial Armin Wand and his brother Jeremy Wand, after the two men waived their right to preliminary hearings.

Armin Wand's attorney, assistant public defender Guy Taylor, says the request for a change of venue is based on the potential the case's intense publicity has "poisoned" the local jury pool. There has also been a motion filed to substitute someone else for Judge William Johnson, but Taylor declined to elaborate on the request.

Dressed in jail orange with shackles around their feet, the 32-year-old Armin Wand and 18-year-old Jeremy Wand told the judge they understood the rights they were waiving in forgoing a preliminary hearing, and said they had not been coerced into their decision.

Authorities say the men have confessed to setting the fire that killed Armin Wand's three young boys, and severely burned his wife, Sharon. The couple's 2-year-old daughter was not hurt. Authorities say Armin Wand cited financial problems and the desire to try to collect insurance money and start a new life, and that he promised Jeremy Wand money if he joined the plot.

After Tuesday's court hearing, Armin Wand's father, Armin Wand, Sr., told 27 News he believed the confessions were coerced from the men, and that they are innocent.

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