SCRANTON, Pa.—A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of having set a fire that killed two young boys is no longer facing a potential death penalty.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( says trial opened Friday for 43-year-old William Woods of Scranton, who is charged with more than 20 counts including murder and arson in the July 2009 blaze.

Prosecutors said Friday that they agreed not to seek capital punishment after Woods waived his right to a jury trial.

Coroner Timothy Rowland testified that 9-year-old Taevon Miles died of burns and smoke inhalation. Ten-year-old Michael Miles was also killed and his mother and another brother seriously injured.

Woods is serving a 17- to 36-month sentence after being convicted of threatening to kill Leary and burn her house down about two weeks before the blaze.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,