Man accused of killing 3 sons due back in court

Preliminary hearing for Armin Wand III

An Argyle man charged with killing his three young sons and trying to kill his wife and daughter by setting fire to their home is due back in court next month.

   Armin Wand III is scheduled to appear in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Nov. 13 for a preliminary hearing.

   Prosecutors allege the 32-year-old father and his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, set fire to the house Sept. 7 to collect life insurance on Armin Wand’s wife, Sharon, and their children. Seven-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph died in the fire. Sharon Wand rescued the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, from the fire.

   A criminal complaint says both men have confessed to setting the fire so Armin Wand could make a “fresh start.” The complaint alleges Armin offered his brother $300 to help.