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Defendant in Toledo firefighters' murder trial wants video tossed

Attorneys for Ray Abou-Arab filed a motion this week to throw out surveillance video shot on January 26, 2014


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he man accused of intentionally setting a blaze that killed two Toledo firefighters wants nothing to do with video linking him to their deaths.



Attorneys for Ray Abou-Arab filed a motion this week to throw out surveillance video shot on January 26, 2014, the day Privates Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died fighting a fire at the Magnolia Street apartment complex owned by the defendant.



The video was captured on a camera at the carryout, also owned by Abou-Arab, below the apartments.

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Defense attorneys say publicizing the video would deprive their client of a fair trial. They contend that investigators obtained the video without a warrant.


Prosecutors say Abou-Arab gave written consent to take the footage.


A judge has not made a ruling on the new request.




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The Magnolia Street apartment building was demolished in July.

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