Posted: Friday, June 29th 2012 at 12:36pm
Woman with local ties found guilty in fiery deaths of 2 children
By The Associated Press
Billi Jo Smallwood with daughter, Nevaeh, who survived the fire. (From NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tenn.)
PADUCAH, Ky. - A federal jury in Kentucky has found a woman with ties to this area guilty of setting fire to her home and killing two of her children at Fort Campbell.
U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Stephanie Collins says the jury reached the verdict in the case of 32-year-old Billi Jo Smallwood after two hours of deliberations.
Smallwood was charged with malicious damage and destruction by fire to property owned by the United States resulting in deaths in the May 2007 blaze on the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
Two children, 9-year-old Sam Fagan, and 2-year-old Rebekah Smallwood, died in the blaze. Smallwood's husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood, who is from Gainesville, and their toddler daughter survived.
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