Prosecutors display burned-out stove in fatal day care trial

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 11:42 PM

HOUSTON—Prosecutors in the Jessica Tata murder trial, brought a stove into the courtroom Thursday.

It is the one they said was in the day care and sparked a fire that killed four children.

The stove was so damaged by the fire that parts of it were melted. 

A new stove was also brought in so jurors could compare the two.

The former head of the Houston Fire Department’s arson crime lab testified that a frying pan with cooking oil had been left on a hot burner, and the oil ignited. 

He said it looked like the fire had been burning for quite a while based upon the amount of soot in the home.

Tata is accused of leaving seven children alone at her day care while she shopped.

 

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