New York Daily News:– A 9-year-old boy charged with five counts of murder for the mobile home fire that claimed the lives of several of his family members is slated to be evaluated by a Chicago-area childhood trauma expert, who will determine whether he is able to stand trial.
“Based on my interaction and conversation with (the boy), as well as his age, I have a bona fide doubt as to his fitness to stand trial,” his court-appointed attorney, Peter Dluski, wrote in a motion filed before the holiday.
The boy, identified by his mother as Kyle Alwood, was charged in October for the killer blaze, which broke out the night of April 6 at a residence in Timberline Mobile Home Park. Everyone inside the trailer was sleeping at the time, so only the young suspect, and his mother, Katie Alwood, escaped alive.
Victims of the fire included Katie Alwood’s two other children – Kyle’s half-siblings – 2-year-old Daeman Wall and 1-year-old Ariel Wall; her 69-year-old grandmother, Kathryn Murphy, her fiancé, 34-year-old Jason Wall; and her 2-year-old niece, Rose Wall.