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Not guilty pleas for brothers in fatal fire case

DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- The court has entered not guilty pleas for Armin Wand III, the Argyle man accused of trying to kill his wife and kids by setting their home on fire, on all counts. His brother, Jeremy Wand, pleaded not guilty to all counts during their arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

For Armin Wand III, the defense stood mute on the four counts of intentional homicide, three counts of attempted homicide and one count arson he faces. The court in turn entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Jeremy Wand pleaded not guilty on the seven counts he faces. The court granted that the brothers will have separate trials.

Armin Wand III's attorney Guy Taylor requested a speedy trial for his client. "It's a tactical decision that the defense has arrived at, it's a right that we have under the statute," Taylor said about the decision. Armin Wand III's trial start date has been set for February 25, 2013 and will last one week.

Judge Thomas Vale said he's still considering the Wands' motion for a change of venue. That could mean the trial will be held outside of Lafayette County or a jury from outside the county will be brought in. In court Wednesday, Taylor argued an unbiased jury could not be selected within Lafayette County.

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