DARLINGTON — The two brothers accused in the deaths of three children in an Argyle house fire Sept. 7 made their first appearances in Lafayette County Circuit Court Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Armin J. Wand III, 32, and Jeremy L. Wand, 18, each face three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and an arson charge. Armin Wand faces an additional attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge.
Circuit Judge William Johnston set bail at $1.4 million for Armin Wand and $1.2 million for Jeremy Wand — $200,000 per charge. Johnston set the preliminary hearing for each for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 a.m.
The intentional homicide charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. The attempted homicide charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. The arson charge has a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The handcuffed Wands were wearing bulletproof vests over their Lafayette County Jail clothing. They sat with their heads mostly down during the 25-minute hearing, only occasionally talking to their lawyers. Assistant state public defender Guy Taylor represented Armin Wand, and assistant state public defender Frank Medina represented Jeremy Wand.
Taylor said Armin Wand’s only income is Supplemental Security Income.
Medina said Jeremy Wand is a senior at Argyle High School and has “no prior record to speak of.” Jeremy Wand is also facing two misdemeanor charges, “Entry onto a construction site or into a locked building, dwelling or room,” and “resisting an officer,” for an incident July 11, according to court records.