Also Tuesday, Williams’ mother Darla testified that on Aug. 25, she drove her son to the muffler shop next to the bar, where he left a ladder and a full can of gas. She said believed her son, who did odd jobs, was planning legitimate work.
She also said her son confessed to her that he set the fire, because he was so upset about Fabia’s death. Her son did not know that Fabia was there, she said.
“He was feeling a lot of remorse,” Darla Williams said.
Dayton fire investigator Victoria Carr testified that she found a ladder next to the club. Her investigation showed that the perpetrator poured gasoline down a roof vent, then set it on fire, she said.
The gasoline probably collected on top of the ceiling tiles. After the fire spread, the ceiling collapsed, spreading the blaze across the club, Carr said.
The trial, before Judge Mary Wiseman, started Monday and will continue Wednesday.
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