WHEATON, Ill. — A retrial has been scheduled for a suburban Chicago man who was convicted in 1997 of arson and murder in the death of his mother-in-law.
William Amor’s retrial is expected to begin Wednesday, the Daily Herald reported. The 62-year-old is accused of intentionally igniting the 1995 Naperville fire that killed Marianne Miceli.
Amor originally was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He was set to be paroled in March after serving half of his sentence.
Authorities said Miceli was napping and awoke to find the apartment on fire. She called 911, saying she couldn’t escape. Police said Amor and his then-18-year-old wife, Tina Miceli, had left the apartment 20 minutes earlier.
A DuPage County judge vacated Amor’s conviction in April, ruling that advances in fire science prove the description Amor gave in his confession was impossible.
Amor confessed to police in 1995 that he started the fire by leaving a smoldering cigarette on a newspaper soaked in vodka. Three fire science experts testified last spring, saying lab-tested samples found no ignitable liquids at the scene.
Amor’s attorneys have argued that his confession was coerced.
Prosecutors have said there’s sufficient evidence to convict Amor a second time and have referenced a financial motive involving Amor’s desire to no longer live with his mother-in-law.
Amor is currently free on $100,000 bail.
Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com