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      Suspect in Toledo firefighters' deaths seeks to avoid death penalty

      Ray Abou-Arab

      Attorneys for a man accused in the aggravated murders of two Toledo firefighters are trying to avoid a punishment of death.

      On May 30, lawyers representing Ray Abou-Arab filed 13 motions in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

      Among the documents submitted was a "motion to dismiss capital components of this case due to constitutional and international law violations."

      The motion requests that the court dismiss the portion of the aggravated murder indictment, filed against Abou-Arab, "that elevates the potential penalty from life imprisonment to death".

      Another request made by the defense , among the 13 motions filed, was the need for details on testing done to search for an accelerant at the crime scene.

      The 61-year-old, from Oregon, has already pled not guilty to charges stemming from the deaths of Toledo firefighters Private Stephen "Steve" Machcinski and James "Jaime" Dickman.Both were killed while battling a north Toledo apartment fire in January.

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      Abou-Arab is set to go on trial Monday, October 27.

      Last Friday, the Toledo property owner's attorneys also filed a motion to extend the deadline for filing motions in the case to beyond July 1.Abou-Arab also faces charges of drug trafficking stemming from an investigation into the sale of synthetic narcotics out of his north Toledo carryout.The drug trafficking case has been continued until October.