Trial in 2003 Philadelphia Arson That Killed 5

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.

Defense attorney Gary Server challenged the credibility of two witnesses, citing criminal records, mostly for drug dealing.

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