PEORIA — Little happened except the scheduling of a new hearing for a 9-year-old Goodfield boy accused of murder.
Friday's hearing in the juvenile division of Woodford County Circuit Court was brief and set another pretrial hearing for Dec. 20. As of now, there is no trial setting for the boy, who is accused of setting an April 6 fire that killed two adults and three children in a residence at Timberline Mobile Home Park near Goodfield.
The boy stands charged with five counts of first-degree murder as well as arson in connection with the fire. It’s extremely rare for a child so young to be charged with such a crime. State law doesn’t allow the incarceration of a child younger than 13, so even if there is a conviction, it’s likely probation and intensive counseling would be the result.
Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1, died of smoke inhalation, autopsies revealed. There were two survivors — Katrina Alwood, who was 27 at the time of the fire, and her juvenile son, who, family members stated earlier in the week to CBS News, is the one now facing the criminal counts.
When a trial date is picked, the case will be in the juvenile courtroom of Judge Charles Feeney.