Update On Fatal Fire That Killed 4 From Belvidere

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Cook County grand jury has indicted a homeless woman on murder and aggravated arson charges for allegedly starting a fire that killed four people on Chicago's North Side.

Andrew Conklin of the Cook County state's attorney's office says today's indictment names 43-year-old Mary Smith on 12 counts of first-degree murder and nine counts of aggravated arson in the March Tenth fire.

Smith is being held without bond at the Cook County Jail and is scheduled for arraignment on April 19th.

Prosecutors say Smith gave a videotaped statement in which she admitted she started the fire by lighting a dollar bill someone had given her in attempt to keep her feet warm. She was wearing plastic bags on her feet when arrested and said she had lost her shoes.


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