SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man who was seriously injured in a deadly house fire as a child is seeking an insanity defense in a case in which he allegedly set fire to his house.
Twenty-four-year-old Mark O’Banion Jr. is charged with two counts of arson for allegedly igniting a fire in his South Bend trailer home following a May confrontation with his wife.
O’Banion’s public defender asked a St. Joseph County judge Tuesday to appoint doctors to evaluate O’Banion and determine if he’s competent to stand trial. His attorney also filed a notice stating that he intends to use an insanity defense for O’Banion in the case.
The South Bend Tribune reports that O’Banion and his brother were seriously injured in a 1996 house fire that killed two other siblings.