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Charges filed in fatal Argyle house fire


ARGYLE (WKOW) – Prosecutors filed homicide charges against the father of the three boys and the unborn baby who died in a house fire in Argyle.

The man's 18-year-old brother was also charged.

Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand are charged with three counts of homicide, two counts of attempted homicide and one count of arson. Armin also has an additional count of attempted homicide.

Investigators say he admitted to setting the fire to kill his family and collect on their life insurance policies.

A report shows Armin and Jeremy say they tried multiple times to start a carpet on fire and that Armin crumpled up sheets of paper and pushed some of the burning paper under a futon where his wife, Sharon Wand, was sleeping.

The report shows Armin says he and his brother lit a couch on fire where three-year-old Joseph was sleeping and that they locked the door to the bedroom where 7-year-old Allen and 5-year-old Jeffrey were sleeping.

Investigators say Sharon ran out with her two-year-old daughter Jessica and handed her to Armin who was outside in the driveway. When Sharon wasn't paying attention, investigators say Armin admitted to trying to put the girl back in the burning home. He stopped when a woman arrived.

WKOW spoke with Armin's mother before details in the report were released. She told us she hasn't been able to talk to her sons since they were arrested Saturday. In fact, she says one has her cell phone and she hasn't been able to get that back.

At the crime scene on the 400 block of Oak Street, things have changed a bit on Tuesday.

At about 1:30 p.m., five SUVs rounded the corner onto the quiet street. Boards on the home came down and police tape went up as investigators used a tool to scan a 3-D image of the crime scene.

Armin and Jeremy are expected to be in Lafayette County Court at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The family last told us another one of Armin's brothers is watching two-year-old Jessica while her mother, Sharon, is in critical condition at UW Hospital.


LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Charges have been filed against the father of three young boys killed in a Friday morning fire in Argyle.

Online court records show seven charges have been filed against Armin Ward. The charges include three counts of first degree intentional homicide, three counts of attempted homicide and one count of arson of a building without owner's consent.

According to online court records, Wand's 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, faces three counts of first degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted homicide and one count of arson of a building without owner's consent.

Officials say the fire broke out at 3:10 a.m. Friday, at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle. 

Armin Wand's three boys -- 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph -- were killed in the fire.

Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, remains at UW Hospital with critical injuries. Sharon's family told 27 News on Monday that she was four months pregnant, but lost her unborn child. The couple's 2-year-old daughter Jessica survived.

Both men are expected to appear in Lafayette County Court Wednesday afternoon.
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