New trial sought in deadly 1970 Tucson hotel fire

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A Tucson Fire Department investigator who reviewed evidence available from a 1970 hotel fire that killed 29 people says he can't tell what caused the fire.

Attorneys for Louis Taylor say the fire investigator's report supports their request for a new trial for Taylor. The 59-year-old is serving 28 concurrent life sentences for the Pioneer Hotel fire.

However, a prosecutor says the original fire investigator still believes the fire was arson. The prosecutor also says that the investigator whose report is cited by Taylor's lawyers didn't have access to evidence that's been destroyed.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Taylor's lawyers want either Taylor's convictions overturned or an evidentiary hearing held. They say defense experts would testify that modern science does not support concluding that the fire was arson.

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