Jury selection continues in trial of Oklahoma City teen accused of setting fatal fire

Tristan Owen, 17, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the 2011 deaths of Boyd and Doris Haynes. Owen faces life in prison is convicted of murder.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

Boyd and Doris Haynes died of smoke inhalation.

They were sleeping in the bedroom of their south Oklahoma City home when the fire started shortly before 4 a.m. Owen, who was 15 at the time, lived nearby with his grandparents and his mother.

He is accused of starting a fire inside a trash container outside the couple's garage that spread to the structure, a fire official testified during the boy's preliminary hearing in October 2011.

Owen has denied setting the deadly fire but told detectives he did play around with two Molotov cocktails that broke on the street. His attorney, Francis Courbois, has said the judge should have dismissed the case, citing “nonexistent evidence.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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