Trial of 3 in San Juan Hotel Fire Postponed

Associated Press

A judge has agreed to delay the trial of three men charged with setting the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire that killed 97 people.

Defense attorneys asked Superior Court Judge Laura Nieves to postpone the trial to give them more time to examine the evidence. On Tuesday, the judge agreed to reschedule the trial from May 19 to Aug. 24.

The defendants--hotel employees Hector Escudero Aponte, 35, Armando Jimenez Rivera, 29, and Jose Francisco Rivera Lopez, 40--have been charged with 96 counts of murder and one count each of arson and conspiracy.

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