Mom charged in fatal fire pleads not guilty - WKRN News 2

Mom charged in fatal fire pleads not guilty


FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. - The wife of a Ft. Campbell soldier charged with setting the fire on base last year that killed her two young children has pleaded not guilty.

A judge's order also shows that Billi Jo Smallwood, 35, also pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of attempting to destroy a residential facility for members of the U.S. Army that caused the death of two minors.

The May 2007 fire killed nine-year-old Sam Fagan and two-year-old Rebekah Smallwood.

Her husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood, was injured.  The Smallwoods' toddler daughter was not harmed.

Smallwood, who listed no income since being charged, was appointed a federal public defender.

She could face execution or life in prison if convicted.

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