Check out the back story on dad WESLEY COONROD. He wasn't just a dad. He was a dad with "full custody" of these boys despite a history of domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse, and "suspicious" fires in his various homes. We've posted many times on this story in the past few months.
Prosecutors Won't Seek Death In Father's Retrial
Man Accused Of Killing Children In Fire
POSTED: 2:47 pm EDT November 3, 2010
UPDATED: 3:03 pm EDT November 3, 2010
HILLSBORO, Ohio -- A man accused of killing his children in a fire at his mobile home will not face the death penalty in a new trial.
Wesley Coonrod was found guilty on child endangerment charges last month, but a jury was hung on murder and arson charges which could have sent him to death row.
Now prosecutors say they will retry him on those charges, but won't seek the death penalty.
Investigators believe Coonrod set the fire and escaped, leaving his two sons locked inside the burning home.
A new trial has not been scheduled yet.
October 15, 2010: Sentencing Postponed For Father Convicted In Fatal Fire
October 11, 2010: Father Convicted On 2 Charges In Fatal Fire
October 11, 2010: Verdict To Be Announced In Fatal Fire Trial
October 10, 2010: Report: Jury In Fatal Fire Case Deadlocked
October 7, 2010: Jury Begins Deliberations In Fatal Arson Case
October 1, 2010: Man Breaks Down As EMT Testifies In Murder Trial
September 30, 2010: Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Killing Sons In Fire
May 3, 2010: No Change Of Venue For Father Charged With Arson, Murder
April 9, 2010: Father Pleads Not Guilty In Sons' Deaths
April 7, 2010: Father Charged With Murder In Fire That Killed Sons
March 15, 2010: Coonrod Family Speaks Out On Fatal Fire
March 12, 2010: Man Recalls Attempts To Save Boys From Fire
March 8, 2010: Father Held In Highland Co. Fire That Killed Boys