Sentencing Delayed In Fatal Ohio Arson That Killed Woman, 8 Children


UPDATED: Monday June 9, 2014 9:15 AM

Sentencing has been postponed for a man twice convicted of killing a woman and eight children at a sleepover in Cleveland's deadliest arson fire.

Sentencing for Antun Lewis had been scheduled for Tuesday. But U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. on Friday granted a defense motion to delay it.

In his order, Oliver acknowledged that prosecutors filed a memorandum late on Thursday raising "significant sentencing issues," so he agreed to postpone sentencing to give Lewis' attorney more time to prepare.

The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a birthday sleepover party on May 21, 2005.

The judge on Thursday denied a motion seeking dismissal of the arson charge, and a request for another trial.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.