Man charged in Toledo firefighter murders to be arraigned Tuesday

Abou-Arab is charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of two Toledo Firefighters.

An Oregon man charged in the deaths of two Toledo Firefighters will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Ray Abou-Arab will appear in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for the first time at 8:30 a.m.

Abou-Arab has previously been arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court after his initial arrest on Jan. 31.

Last week, a Lucas County Grand Jury indicted the North Toledo property owner on multiple counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson, as well as a single count of tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a Jan. 26 fire at 528 Magnolia, a property owned by Abou-Arab, that took the lives of Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman.


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According to a warrant issued by Toledo Police, a witness claims to have seen Abou-Arab on Jan. 26 "enter the garage located at 528 Magnolia where he remained for over a minute."

The witness also claims to have seen Abou-Arab exit the garage structure and moments later "noticed the wall of the structure was on fire," Toledo Police Detective Deb Hahn said in the warrant.

WNWO has learned that prosecutors do plan to seek the death penalty in their case against Abou-Arab.

Abou-Arab is still being held in the Lucas County Jail on $5 million bond.