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Evaluation ordered for woman accused of setting deadly Homewood fire

| Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Latoya Lyerly is given aid Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, by Pittsburgh paramedics at the scene of a house fire that killed three men in Homewood. Lyerly is charged with three counts of homicide for allegedly setting the fire.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Latoya Lyerly is given aid Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, by Pittsburgh paramedics at the scene of a house fire that killed three men in Homewood. Lyerly is charged with three counts of homicide for allegedly setting the fire.
Latoya Lyerly, 42, of Homewood was charged Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in connection with a fire in Homewood that killed three men.
Latoya Lyerly, 42, of Homewood was charged Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in connection with a fire in Homewood that killed three men.
A makeshift memorial has been erected at the scene of a triple-fatal fire Thursday Feb. 18, 2016 in the 1500 block of North Lang Avenue in Homewood.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
A makeshift memorial has been erected at the scene of a triple-fatal fire Thursday Feb. 18, 2016 in the 1500 block of North Lang Avenue in Homewood.

A woman who said she heard voices that told her to set fire to a Homewood boarding house where three men died will undergo a mental health and behavioral evaluation before her hearing on charges of arson and murder.

Attorneys postponed the preliminary hearing scheduled Friday for Latoya Lyerly, 42, on three counts of homicide for the deaths of Calvin Turner, 56; Gerald Johnson, 68; and Derlyn Vance, 73; in a fire she is accused of setting Feb. 17.

Lyerly had lived in the boarding house for about three weeks, but told police it was filled with “demons” and that she heard voices telling her to kill everyone inside.

Lyerly will undergo mental health evaluations to determine her competency to stand trial, and her hearing has been rescheduled for April 29.

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