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Judge orders separate trials for suspects in fatal Argyle fire

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A judge has ordered that two brothers be tried separately on charges that they burned down an Argyle home and killed three young boys and an unborn child.

Armin and Jeremy Wand both pleaded not guilty in Lafayette County Wednesday to four counts of homicide, plus other charges of attempted homicide and arson.

32-year-old Armin Wand III is scheduled to stand trial February 25th. His 18-year-old brother Jeremy does not have a trial date set yet, and the status of his case will be reviewed on February 20th.

Armin’s lawyer asked for the separate trials. And attorneys for both defendants have asked that the juries for the possible trials come from outside the Madison TV market due to the heavy publicity the case has attracted.

Judge Thomas Vale will not act on the change of venue request until the state responds to it.

Authorities said the two men set fire to Armin Wand’s home on September 7th, so Armin could collect on the family’s life insurance policies and get a fresh start away from his family.

Armin’s wife survived the fire, although she was severely burned and she lost the child she was carrying. Their young daughter escaped unharmed. 

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