Mention of polygraph pauses Ohio trial in firefighter deaths

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A building owner’s trial in the deaths of two Ohio firefighters has been paused after a witness told jurors that the defendant failed a polygraph exam.

It was a reference to information that isn’t typically admissible in court and could affect how jurors view a defendant.

The judge didn’t comment on that testimony but announced a recess in the Toledo trial Wednesday evening and said some legal concerns were being researched. Attorneys and jurors were told to return Thursday.

The Blade newspaper reports that a defense attorney and a prosecutor declined to comment on the development.

The defendant, 64-year-old Ray Abou-Arab, denies allegations that he set a fire in January 2014 to collect insurance money. Two Toledo firefighters died.

The charges against Abou-Arab include aggravated murder and aggravated arson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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