Prosecutors argued that Reedy torched his house while the children slept, then jumped out of a window, for one of two reasons: Either he bailed out of an intended murder-suicide, or he set the fire with the hope of rescuing his children and looking like a hero.It is also reported that "a key piece of evidence" at trial was traces of gasoline on Reedy's shirt. It also did not help that he had previously threatened to burn down the house, with himself and the children inside.
Reedy filed a 65-page clemency request with Gov. Mark Warner in 2003. It is reported that, although Virginia abolished parole in 1995, about 8,000 inmates are still subject to the old laws. There are lots of other interesting details in the complete story here.