LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two children in an arson fire at their Ohio home in 2008 has been acquitted of all charges by a three-judge panel that heard the case.
Peter Romans faced aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson charges.
The 60-year-old London man opted to have a three-judge panel hear his case, rather than a jury, and he could have faced the death penalty if convicted.
Prosecutors maintained Romans set the fire that killed his wife, their 12-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.
Romans’ lawyers said the fire was caused by a faulty part on his 2001 Ford Expedition SUV. The part was under recall at the time.