Judge: Teen competent to stand trial in fire

Associated Press Published:

HAMILTON -- A 17-year-old Ohio boy accused of tying his parents' bedroom doors shut while they were inside and setting the house on fire has been found competent to stand trial.

He is charged as an adult with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated arson for the October fire in Liberty Township, north of Cincinnati. The judge ruled on his competency Wednesday.

Defense attorney Brad Kraemer has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for the teenager.

Kraemer declined to comment Wednesday.

Deputies say the father injured his leg jumping out of a window, and his wife was treated for smoke inhalation. Authorities say the teen apparently was upset that his laptop computer was taken away.

The Associated Press isn't identifying the teen or his family because of his age.

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