Toledo property owner Ray Abou-Arab was not present in court Wednesday as his lawyers petitioned a Toledo Municipal judge to keep the crime scene where two firefighters were killed under watch.
The defense is working to gather more evidence in the case against Abou-Arab. The 61-year-old was charged with two counts of arson and aggravated murder after two Toledo firefighters were killed fighting a blaze at an apartment building he owned. Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman died Sunday, January 26, while trying to put out the fire at 528 Magnolia Street.
Abou-Arab's defense attorney asked that the crime scene be kept under watch until the end of the week.VIEW: Local stories on fallen firefighters Abou-Arab is currently being held in Lucas County Jail on $5 million bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 10.