Robert Merritt was the one who actually set the fire at about 5am, throwing a lit gasoline can into the living room on orders of a local drug kingpin.
Authorities are seeking a life sentence for the final defendant convicted at trial the 2004 firebombing that killed six people.
Philadelphia FBI special agent Kevin Lewis, an agent since 1996, had been consumed by the bloody multiple-murder case for 14 years.
A federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Kaboni Savage of 12 murders, the most in modern Philadelphia history, and then sentenced him to death
The federal jury considering the penalty for convicted drug kingpin and murderer Kaboni Savage has voted unanimously that Savage shall be sentenced to death.
Savage, already serving 30 years on the drug conviction, was convicted last week of committing or ordering 12 murders.
A Philadelphia drug lord is found guilty in the witness retaliation murder of a North Philadelphia family, and other killings dating back to 1998.
Federal court jurors resume deliberations next week in the murder and racketeering trial of a convicted Philadelphia drug kingpin.
The jury hearing the three-month long federal murder trial of a Philadelphia drug kingpin has begun deliberations.
The defense’s first move was to impugn Savage himself — that is, the Savage who is heard in secretly recorded tapes vowing violent revenge on those who would testify against him.
Witness Lamont Lewis has admitted to committing 11 murders, including the arson murders of a witness’s family, but the defense contends he is lying about others to help himself.
Cooperating witness Lamont Lewis says he knew his role in the gang, and did it without question.
Lamont Lewis, 36, says he started cooperating with prosecutors to save his own life — to take the death penalty off the table.
To stop Coleman from testifying against Savage after Coleman was busted, prosecutors allege that Savage ordered the firebombing of Coleman’s family home in North Philadelphia.
Savage’s attorney, Christian Hoey, has made clear the defense will put prosecution witnesses on trial, particularly key witness Lamont Lewis, who has admitted his role in setting the arson fire.