A man accused of setting fire to a boxer's north Philadelphia home in 2003 after a fight outside a club, killing him and four relatives, has been ordered to stand trial on murder, arson, conspiracy and related charges.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a municipal court judge in Philadelphia upheld charges Wednesday against 32-year-old Abdu Rivera in the November 2003 blaze in the Olney neighborhood.
Authorities said boxer John David Santiago had gotten into a fight with Rivera and a couple of his friends earlier in the evening. They allege that Rivera and his friends went to the house later and threw Molotov cocktails at the window.
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Defense attorney Gary Server challenged the credibility of two witnesses, citing criminal records, mostly for drug dealing.