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A video recorded interview of Goodfield child arson suspect in 2019 ruled usable as evidence


A :48 minute interview with a Woodford County sheriff's detective was admitted into evidence...
A :48 minute interview with a Woodford County sheriff's detective was admitted into evidence Monday as part of the ongoing prosecution of a 9 year-old arson and murder suspect.(25 News)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 7:41 PM CST
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EUREKA (25 NEWS) -Statements made by a 9 year-old boy to a detective will be admitted as evidence in a fatal 2019 fire that killed 5 people.

The child faces murder and arson charges, accused of intentionally setting a fire in Goodfield in April of 2019 which killed five, most members of his family.

Only he and his mother survived.

Two days after the fire, the boy met with a Woodford County sheriff’s deputy for a 48 minute interview, with a lawyer and after his Miranda rights were read to him by Detective Robert Gillson.

Monday, Judge Charles Feeney allowed that video taped interview to be admitted as evidence in the trial.

“Det. Gilson gave an opportunity for free narrative answers. And the defendant gave free narrative answers. The defendant was a talkative little guy. And in watching the defendant’s demeanor, it was really clear he wasn’t intimidated,” Feeney said.

It was also stated in court that the boy’s family told the detective he had ADHD.

The next court date is scheduled for April 11.

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