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UPDATE: Defendants in deadly Argyle fire want change of venue


DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- Two men charged with killing three children by setting an Argyle home on fire want to have their trial moved, or jurors brought in from somewhere else.

A Lafayette County judge Tuesday bound over for trial Armin Wand III and his brother Jeremy Wand, after the two men waived their right to preliminary hearings.

Armin Wand's attorney, assistant public defender Guy Taylor, says the request for a change of venue is based on the potential the case's intense publicity has tainted the local jury pool. There has also been a motion filed to substitute someone else for Judge William Johnson, but Taylor declined to elaborate on the request.

Dressed in jail orange with shackles around their feet, the 32-year-old Armin Wand and 18-year-old Jeremy Wand told the judge they understood the rights they were waiving in forgoing a preliminary hearing, and said they had not been coerced into their decision.

Authorities say the men have confessed to setting the fire that killed Armin Wand's three young boys, and severely burned his wife, Sharon. The couple's 2-year-old daughter was not hurt. Authorities say Armin Wand cited financial problems and the desire to try to collect insurance money and start a new life as his motive, and that he promised Jeremy Wand money if he joined the plot.

After Tuesday's court hearing, Armin Wand's father, Armin Wand, Jr., told 27 News he believed the confessions were coerced from the men, and that they are innocent. Taylor says he's just received documents on the case from prosecutors, and if they indicate his client spoke under duress, he will consider a motion to strike the confession.

No decision on the case's venue will be made until a new judge is selected, if Johnson steps aside.


 LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Two men accused of killing three children when they set fire to a home in Argyle head to court.

Armin Wand and his brother Jeremy Wand appeared in Lafayette County court Tuesday morning and are charged with murder and arson.

Prosecutors say Armin wanted to kill his family because of financial problems and got his brother to help.

The fire killed Armin's three sons and severely burned his wife, Sharon. She's still recovering from her injuries at UW Hospital.

Their 2-year-old daughter survived the fire.

27 News' Tony Galli was at Tuesday's preliminary hearing. Watch 27 News at 5 and 6 to learn about the developments from today's court hearing.

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