Saginaw man charged with killing his mom, sister in fire to get competency exam

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SAGINAW (AP) (3/14/2018) - A man who authorities say set a fire in Michigan that killed his mother and sister is getting a mental health examination.

Jason Desmone appeared Tuesday in a Saginaw courtroom and a judge granted a request from his lawyer for the evaluation to determine whether he's competent to stand trial.

The 38-year-old faces charges including first-degree murder in the Feb. 12 fire in Saginaw that killed 71-year-old Adair Smithpeters and 41-year-old Melissa Shook.

Desmone escaped the fire and has been jailed since his arrest afterward.

Saginaw city officials had condemned the home shortly before the fire.

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