- Witness describes 'angriest' fire (05-02-07)
- Jury seated in Boardwalk fire retrial (05-01-07)
- New arson trial for Rose begins today (04-30-07)
- Mistrial (02-12-07)
- Subpoenas to the World Company (.pdf)
- Comment to story "Jurors watch taped police interrogation of Rose" (02-09-07)
- Defense to make its case this week in trial (02-12-07)
- Jury hears Rose admit setting fire at apartment (02-09-07)
- Witness says she saw Rose screaming before fire (02-09-07)
- Jury views fire video (02-08-07)
Those who survived a deadly fire that swept through the Boardwalk Apartments in October 2005 described escaping the burning building to jurors this morning.
Today is the second day of testimony in the re-trial of Jason Rose.
The first case ended in a mistrial in February. It ended when prosecutors tried to introduce a new witness they discovered only after the trial began - a commenter on the Journal-World message boards.
Rose is charged with aggravated arson, three counts of felony murder and seven counts of aggravated battery.
Two brothers -- Victor and Joel Lamberto -- took the stand this morning -- testifying through a translator that they were forced to jump from their third floor window to escape the flames.
Both were injured after landing on the pavement below.
The fire killed three people and seriously injured at least seven others.
Dawn Davis took the stand Wednesday afternoon, describing the numerous injuries she received jumping from her boyfriend's third story window -- including a broken back and broken pelvis.
Demarquis Maybell, who fell more than three stories into the basement level breaking his hip and leg, told jurors he had to jump.
"The fire started coming into the apartment," he said. "The fire touched my back and the next thing I knew I was hanging out the window."
Prosecutors called Lawrence Police Sgt. Troy Squire to the stand who testified Jason Rose was developed as a suspect after making unusual statements to police.
At mid-afternoon, jurors began watching a video of a 4-hour police interview with Rose that took place on Oct. 10, 2005, three days after fire destroyed 76 units at the Boardwalk Apartment complex, killing three people and seriously injuring at least seven more.
The trial could last up to two weeks.