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NH prosecutors can use arson experts' testimony

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court says prosecutors may use the testimony of arson experts in their case against a man charged with the 1989 arson deaths of four members of a Keene family.

David McLeod in 2010 became the most prominent suspect arrested by New Hampshire's Cold Case Unit. He was living in California when he was charged with setting the fire that killed two children and two adults.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a 2011 trial court ruling that barred prosecutors from using conclusions from arson experts that the fire was deliberately set because their findings are based in part on statements by a witness who has since died.

The court also ruled prosecutors may use a tape-recorded conversation with McLeod.

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