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New Judge Named in Fire KillingsSubmitted: 11/14/2012
Story By Associated Press

DARLINGTON - A new judge will preside over the trial for two brothers charged with killing three children in a Southern Wisconsin house fire.

Green County Judge Thomas Vale was appointed to replace a Lafayette County judge at the request of brothers Armin and Jeremy Wand.

One of the first motions Vale will consider is a defense request that could move the trial out of Lafayette County.

The request to change the trial location was based on heavy media coverage of the case.

Thirty-two-year-old Armin Wand is the father of the children killed in the fire.

Dead are 7 year old Allen, 5 year old Jeffery and 3 year old Joseph Wand.

The Wand's are also facing attempted homicide charges for allegedly trying to kill Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, and their 2-year-old daughter, Jessica.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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