Two people accused of burglarizing a house before it was set on fire, killing a 7-year-old boy sleeping inside the home, will stand trial in his death, an Oklahoma County judge ruled Wednesday.
Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Navarez, 20, are being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail.
The two are charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and first-degree murder in connection with the fire at 2533 SW 51 that killed Adrian Roberto Avalos, a first-grader at Coolidge Elementary, on April 28.
The state medical examiner ruled that the boy died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.
A television and computer monitor were taken from the house, which belonged to Cruz's ex-husband. Those items were found at Navarez's parents' home, Oklahoma City police detective Kenneth Whitebird testified at the preliminary hearing.
Whitebird also testified that Navarez said during a police interview that he and Cruz planned and set up the burglary, but that it was carried out by two unnamed Mexican men.