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Murder suspect pleads guilty to arson

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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 2:57 pm | Updated: 4:57 pm, Thu Sep 22, 2011.

A Scottsdale man accused in the 2006 killings of an extended family of five in Mesa has pleaded guilty to related arson charges.

Maricopa County prosecutors say William Craig Miller’s arson case had been scheduled for trial on March 7. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 21 years in prison.

The Arizona Republic says Miller’s plea doesn’t cover the murder charges. That case is scheduled for Aug. 1 and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Miller is accused of fatally shooting 30-year-old Steven Duffy and Duffy’s girlfriend Tammy Lovell in their home on Feb. 21, 2006. Both were former employees of Miller’s who were informants against him in the 2005 arson case.

Miller also is charged with fatally shooting Duffy’s brother and Lovell’s two children.

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