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Trial begins in NH arson deaths

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KEENE, N.H. (AP) - A prosecutor has told a New Hampshire jury that the man charged with setting a fire that killed four members of a Keene family in 1989 laughed and boasted about the deed as he watched the fire burn.

Prosecutor Peter Hinckley said 57-year-old David McLeod set the pre-dawn fire that killed Carl Hina and his wife, their four-month daughter and Carl Hina's 12-year-old daughter. McLeod is charged with four counts of second-degree murder.

McLeod's lawyer, in her opening statement, says he was in a first-floor apartment talking with a woman when the fire alarm went off. Defense attorney Meredith Lugo tells jurors McLeod's boasts were those of a drunken fool who was angry with some of the home's inhabitants.

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon.

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