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NH arson deaths case awaits Supreme Court arguments, ruling

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By LYNNE TUOHY
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man charged with the arson deaths of four family members in 1989 remains in custody while waiting to learn whether the New Hampshire Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that substantially weaken the state's case against him.

David McLeod in 2010 became the most prominent suspect arrested by the state's recently-formed Cold Case Unit. He was living in California in June 2010 when he was charged with setting the fire that killed two children and two adults in Keene two decades earlier.

A trial judge last year barred testimony by the state's arson experts, saying their conclusions were based on statements of a deceased witness McLeod can't cross-examine.

The state has appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Jan. 10.

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