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Suspects indicted in fatal house fire
Fall blaze killed man

Two suspects have been indicted in connection with the Oct. 22 blaze that burned a south Forsyth home and killed one person.

A Forsyth County Superior Court Grand Jury this week indicted Jill Smith, 34, and Peter Delaney, 37, on one count each of murder, felony murder and first-degree arson.

The fire claimed the life of Smith's husband, Michael Smith.

Officials have said Jill Smith and Delaney were having an affair. They and Michael Smith were inside the house at the time of the blaze, as was Jill Smith's son.

Earlier this month, Smith and Delaney were denied a second request for bond.

During a hearing March 3, Smith's attorney also sought medical care because Smith is reportedly more than four months pregnant.

Attorneys for the suspects have maintained their clients' innocence, questioning the evidence in the case.

Authorities have said Michael Smith became trapped inside the house, at 5540 Kennemore Drive off Union Hill Road, and suffered severe burns all over his body.

He was found in a bathroom adjoining the master bedroom upstairs.

During a probable cause hearing in February, Forsyth County Fire Lt. Debbie Lindstrom testified that the fire had been set, though she didn't know by which suspect.

She also said that burn holes in the floor of an upstairs bedroom indicated an accelerant had been used.

Lindstrom said the state medical examiner's office ruled Smith's death a homicide as the result of thermal burns and smoke and soot inhalation.

According to Lindstrom's testimony, Jill Smith may have been motivated by the affair and money.

Smith had reportedly become the sole beneficiary of her husband's $250,000 life insurance policy in December 2009.