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Illinois Man Fit for Trial in Deaths of 4 Southern Illinois Children

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has been found fit to stand trial on charges he set a house fire that killed four children.

KFVS-TV reports Thursday that 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski is due back in court in August. Randolph County public defender James Kelley previously requested a mental fitness examination for Twardoski.

Twardoski has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the May 10 deaths in Percy, a village about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. The fire killed siblings ages 12, 9 and 5-year-old twins. 

The children died of smoke inhalation. Their parents and another 6-year-old child escaped.

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