Christopher Compton was formally charged Thursday with three counts of murder and 10 counts of arson. He also faces a charge of being an habitual offender.
Twenty-eight-year-old Keri Jones, her 3-year-old daughter Jazmine and 76-year-old Donald Lankford died in the blaze. Four other people and six first responders were hurt.
Family of Compton and the victims attended the hearing. Members from both families agreed that Compton cared about Jones' twin girls.
Prosecutors said they plan to seek life without parole, but are not ruling out the death penalty. Some family members of the victims told Eyewitness News they hope the Compton will face the death penalty.