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Man Accused in Fatal Apartment Fire is Arraigned

Man Accused in Fatal Apartment Fire is Arraigned



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of setting fires at an Ogden apartment complex that claimed the life of a woman has been arraigned on charges of murder and aggravated arson.

Jacob Leoncini, 21, a resident of the complex, allegedly confessed to setting fire to two buildings late Wednesday night after becoming angry with a resident in the building where the first fire was started. A tenant put out that fire.

The fire in the second building claimed the life of Dana Byrd, 43, left residents from 20 apartments homeless and caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

Leoncini, who is being held without bail, was arraigned Monday and will have another court appearance at 9 a.m on Nov. 29 before 2nd District Court Judge Scott Hadley.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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