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One of 4 men arrested in April fatal fire on Bruce Ave. headed to trial Nov. 18

Liam Stinson charged with being a party to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges

One of four men arrested and charged following an April 11 fatal fire on Bruce Avenue is headed to trial Nov. 18.

Liam Stinson, 25, was arrested April 20 and charged with three counts of Party to the Offence of First Degree Murder, and one count each of Party to the Offence of Attempt Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Party to an Offence of Arson - Disregard for Human Life.

Stinson’s defence counsel, Danielle Vincent, told the court this morning the trial will take place over a day and a half. Nov. 18 will be a full day with Crown and defence witnesses appearing virtually and in person. The trial will continue in the New Year, Jan. 10, for half a day.

Vincent told the court Stinson is adamant he wants an in-person trial. However, he was transferred to Central North Correctional Centre when Sudbury Jail was evacuated due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Two people died in the fire on April 11, while a third person died days later after being airlifted to Toronto.

Fernard Bolduc, 48, was charged with three counts of being a party to first-degree murder, being a party to attempted murder, being a party to arson with disregard for human life, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Two other men, Jared Herrick and Phillippe Jeannotte, were arrested April 27 and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, arson - disregard for human life, break, enter and commit, and possession of an incendiary device.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services said firefighters responded to a 911 call with reports of fire and smoke from one of seven units in a row house on Bruce Avenue on April 11 this year.

Five city fire crews were dispatched to the call. Firefighters performed an initial search of the unit. Two people were declared dead at the scene, a 50-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, while another person, a 33-year-old woman, was evacuated from the home with life-threatening injuries. She was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where she died April 16.

A fourth person, a 37-year-old man, had jumped from the second-floor window prior to the arrival of firefighters. He was also transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.