Trial postponed for woman charged in fatal fire

Trial postponed for woman charged in fatal fire (Image 1)
Trial postponed for woman charged in fatal fire (Image 1)

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – The trial in Paducah, Ky., of a woman charged with setting fire to her home and killing two of her children has been postponed.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell on Thursday delayed the Oct. 18 trial of Billi Jo Smallwood.

Smallwood has pleaded not guilty to malicious damage and destruction by fire to property owned by the United States resulting in deaths in the May 2007 blaze at the Ft. Campbell Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Two children, nine-year-old Sam Fagan, and two-year-old Rebekah Smallwood, died in the blaze.

Smallwood's husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood, and their toddler daughter, Nevaeh, survived.

Prosecutors asked for the delay to appeal a ruling excluding some evidence from the trial. Defense attorneys filed an objection to the delay Thursday afternoon.

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