Illinois boy, 9, to be charged with murder in mobile home fire that left five dead

GOODFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — A 9-year-old is to be charged with murder in the Goodfield mobile home fire that killed five in April.

According to Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger, the juvenile is set to be charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.

Two adults and three children, were killed in the April 6 fire at Timerbline Trailer Court.

Escaping the fire were Katrina Alwood and another child.

Just weeks after the fire, Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman issued his findings, which ruled the deaths as homicides. The official cause of death the coroner reported was homicide by smoke inhalation.

At about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 6, residents could see flames coming from the engulfed trailer. At 11:55 p.m., Coroner Ruestman pronounced the five inside dead.

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