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McLeod arraigned in Keene quadruple murder

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Keene, New Hampshire - July 15, 2010

The suspect in a deadly arson fire returned to New Hampshire to face murder charges Thursday.

David McLeod, 53, said nothing during his arraignment. But police say their investigation found that McLeod had bragged about setting the fire that killed the Hina family in their Keene apartment 21 years ago.

McLeod was charged with four counts of second-degree murder. He's being held without bond.

A newly formed Cold Case Unit in New Hampshire led to the arrest.

"It was as a result of that investment of resources that we were able to interview witnesses, to explore the facts of this case and to pursue an arrest warrant," N.H. Assistant Attorney General Will Delker said.

McLeod was arrested last month in California where he was living.

Police say he may have torched the apartment building because he was drunk, high on cocaine, and was mad at his then girlfriend who also lived in the building.

New information released Thursday says at least nine people told police after the 1989 fire that McLeod either threatened to burn down the apartment building or bragged afterward that he had done it. An FBI profiler told investigators the fire was a way for McLeod to get revenge on people who had humiliated him.

The blaze killed Carl and Lori Hina and their two young daughters, Lillian and Sara.

McLeod left New Hampshire 10 days after the fire.

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