AKRON - The man accused of setting a neighbor's house on fire that killed two adults and five children, has now been connected to a nearby arson that also left two dead.
At a press conference Thursday morning, authorities announced the indictment against Stanley Ford, 58, of Hillcrest Street. Authorities have connected Ford to another arson a year earlier in the 700 block Fultz Street on April 18 that killed Lindell Lewis and Gloria Jean Hart.
About a year later on May 15, a home on the same street was also set on fire killing Dennis Huggins, 35, mother Angela Boggs 38, Cameron Huggins, 1, Alivia Huggins, 3, Kylle Huggins, 5, Daisia Huggins, 6, and Jered Boggs, 14. A sixth child, 18-year-old Brittany Boggs, was not home at the time of the fire.
Ford was originally charged one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated murder. He has now been charged with:
• 22 Counts of Aggravated Murder with death penalty specifications – special felonies
• 2 Counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder – felonies of the 1st degree
• 2 Counts of Aggravated Arson – felonies of the 2nd degree
• One Count of Cruelty to Animals – a felony of the 5th degree
• One Count of Arson – a misdemeanor of the 1st degree
• One Count of Aggravated Menacing – a misdemeanor of the 1st degree
Ford also faces additional Repeat Violent Offender specifications due to prior convictions.
Ford has also been connected to a vehicle arson that was reported on Jan. 23, 2017. Authorities say an SUV was set on fire in a Russell Avenue driveway.
No motive has been released.
Ford is scheduled to be arraigned in Summit County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 8 a.m.
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