New Details Emerge in Deadly Laflin Fire

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-T) We are learning more  about the investigation into an arson that killed three young brothers in Luzerne County..The man accused of torching their home had his day in court today
  Preston Bonnett insists he is innocent but prosecutors say they will convict him of the triple murder--in part- with the help of one of the boys who died in that fire..


He told Eyewitness News that the  case is full of holes and he is not the man who did it."

Preston Bonnett proclaimed his innocence as he was taken out of the Luzerne County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon..
 
 Bonnett is accused of setting a fire at 60 Oakwood drive in Laflin on October 25th .That fire killed 16 year old Erik DuPree, 12 year old Devon Major and 7 year old Ezekiel Major.

 Detectives say Bonnett was angry at the boy's mother for kicking him out of the house several months earlier..

Prosecutors say convicting someone of arson is always a challenge..but not,they say, in this case..

 
"We have more than enough evidence than we usually have in an arson case. For one a 911 call from a boy who died in the fire. A 911 call at the time of the fire identifying the person present. 911 calls minutes later. We have video of the defendant at the scene  mere feet from the origin of the fire." Said Sam Sanguedolce, First District Attorney

And we learned Tuesday that the state police fire marshal found a beer bottle inside the home.. A bottle she said was out of place and didn't belong there.

 "In the fire marshal's opinion it didn't belong where it was and knowing it could possibly contain accelerant. It would be incomplete if Trooper Dodson didn't do what she did and send it to the lab and we are awaiting results."

Bonnett's  lawyer told the judge:

 

The video does not show my client setting that fire.There is no physical evidence whatsoever linking ,Mr. Bonnett to the fire."

 

The District Judge sent the case to the court of common pleas for possible trial.

Eyewitness News went back to the neighborhood   One neighbor who did not want their face on camera says the burned out house is a constant reminder of the horrible tragedy that changed their neighborhood forever..


 
"It's very hard to believe it's ver hard that this happened. It should never have happened. I hope whoever s responsible is brought to justice."
Prosecutors played a video taken by a security camera on that Laflin home you cold hear someone screaming help help please save us!. A detective also testified that it appears Erik Dupree almost made it out of the burning home because they found two blackened handprints on the inside of the front door.


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