WATCH LIVE: Closing Arguments in Death Penalty Arson Trial, Ohio v. Stanley Ford

Posted at 11:00 AM, September 20, 2021 and last updated 10:16 PM, September 21, 2021

Stanley Ford has been found guilty of aggravated murder in the deaths of nine neighbors — including five children — by setting fires. Ford’s guilt on all counts of aggravated murder for the 2017 fire makes him eligible for the death penalty. The sentencing phase will take place next.

  • Ford is not guilty of prohibitions concerning companion animals, so he’s not guilty of all counts related to the 2017 fire.
  • Ford is guilty of all counts for the 2016 fire, including aggravated murder for the deaths of Gloria Hart and Lindell Lewis
  • Ford is guilty of all aggravated murder counts for the deaths of Dennis Huggins, Angela Boggs and their five children
  • Ford is not guilty of arson for 2017 car fire
  • Ford is not guilty of menacing Davante Ware (son of woman who owned car that was torched in 2017)
  • Ford in not guilty of prohibitions concerning companion animals


AKRON, Ohio (Court TV) — A man accused of killing 9 people after setting multiple homes on fire is on trial after a series of delays. Stanley Ford is facing nearly 30 charges in connection with three Akron, Ohio fires, two of which were deadly. Investigators believe surveillance cameras show Ford setting the fires. Ford’s defense team is arguing there are many other suspects with “their own motivations.”

Ford faces 22 counts of aggravated murder for the nine victims under different sections of Ohio’s aggravated murder statute, 2903.01, meaning for each victim he is charged with more than one count of aggravated murder under different subsections of the statute. stream live coverage of the closing arguments on Monday.