Mother Charged in Fatal Fire Pleads Not Guilty

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A soldier's wife has pleaded not guilty to
charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children.
A judge's order also shows 35-year-old Billi Jo Smallwood
pleaded not guilty Wednesday 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 at Smallwood's Fort Campbell home killed
9-year-old Sam Fagan and 2-year-old Rebekah Smallwood and injured
her husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood. The Smallwoods' toddler
daughter, Nevaeh, was not injured.
Billi Jo Smallwood could face execution or life in prison if
convicted. U.S. Magistrate Judge W. David King appointed a federal
public defender for Smallwood, who listed no income since being

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