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Mother Held in Ky. Fire That Killed Her 2 Children

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- An Army wife charged with setting a fire that killed her two young children at her Fort Campbell, Ky., home was held without bond pending a possible death penalty trial.

Thirty-five-year-old Billi Jo Smallwood was denied bond during a federal court hearing Friday in Gainesville, Ga., where she has family.

The May 2007 fire at Fort Campbell killed 9-year-old Sam Fagan, and 2-year-old Rebekah Smallwood, and injured her husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood. Their toddler daughter, Nevaeh, was not injured.

U.S. Magistrate Susan Cole said she denied bond because Smallwood was a flight risk since the indictment against her was released on Tuesday.

She will be transferred to Kentucky next week to face the charges.

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