A Philadelphia man will not take the stand in his retrial on murder charges in a fire that killed his two young sons three decades ago.
Fifty-six-year-old Daniel Dougherty was sentenced to death in the 1985 deaths of 4-year-old Daniel and 3-year-old John. He was granted a new trial after an appeals court said his lawyer was ineffective.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that defense attorneys rested their case a consultant testified that it was impossible to tell where or how the Oxford Circle fire started.
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Dougherty has said he awoke to see the house ablaze, ran outside and then tried desperately to save his sons.
Philadelphia investigators said the blaze was set in three places — a sofa, a love seat and under a dining room table.