CLEVELAND -- A federal jury has reached a guilty verdict in the retrial of a man accused in a deadly Cleveland house fire.
Closing arguments wrapped up last evening in the retrial of Antun Lewis. Deliberations in the case began this morning. By afternoon the jury had completed its work.
The courthouse was emotional after the verdict was read. Many of the victims' family members were in attendance and wept at the jury's decision. Many are hoping the end of the case will bring them closure.
Sentencing for Lewis is set for March 18.
The 2005 fire at the home on East 87th Street claimed the live of Medeia Carter and eight children. Several of the children were visiting the home for a birthday party sleepover.
Arson investigators have called it the deadliest house fire in Cleveland's history.
Lewis was found guilty of arson by a jury in 2011, but a judge later overturned that conviction because of unreliable jailhouse informants.
If convicted this time, Lewis could face life in prison.