CLEVELAND (AP) -- Federal prosecutors will appeal a judge's decision granting a new trial to a man convicted in the Ohio fire deaths of nine people, including eight children at a birthday sleepover.
Spokesman Mike Tobin with the U.S. attorney's office says the government will challenge Wednesday's decision by Judge Solomon Oliver in Cleveland.
The judge overturned the conviction of 28-year-old Antun Lewis and said jailhouse snitches and other witnesses were unreliable.
The 2005 house fire in Cleveland killed a woman, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a sleepover marking a 14th birthday.
No motive was specified, but the prosecution suggested that Lewis was upset about a drug debt and wanted to get even.