Day Three of Barney Murder Trial: Family Testifies

Published 08/01 2014 09:03PM

Updated 08/01 2014 09:16PM

PEORIA -  The murder-arson trial against a man accused of pouring gasoline on his ex-girlfriend's apartment in 2010 then setting the place on fire continues for a third day.


Police say someone torched the home at 12-2 University St. around 4:30a.m. April 21, 2010.


Four people died as a result of that blaze.


37-year old Aunterrio Barney faces multiple charges of murder and aggravated arson. He also has a prior criminal background.


A lot of specific details are being brought to the table today. Family members of three of the four victims fought back tears as they gave accounts of their last times with their loved ones.


The date of this deadly fire was also Youlandice’s 24th birthday.


Some saw them less than five hours before the fire.


The jury watched about an hour-long police video where two detectives interviewed Aunterrio Barney after his arrest.


It took them about 2 months to locate and arrest Barney.


Before and after that video was shown today Detective Garner testified from the stand about the Peoria Police Department's investigation.


We also could see and hear him in the video asking Aunterrio Barney to truthfully enlighten them on what happened the morning of April 21, 2010.


In that video, barney does admit to pouring gasoline on the home out of rage with Youlandice Simmons, but he says he accidentally ignited the fire when he flicked a Newport cigarette out of his hand.


Defense attorney Hugh Toner says detectives used one of their learned techniques to get barney to say exactly what they assume to be true.


The trial is expected to wrap up Monday.

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