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Mass. arson suspect in court for pretrial hearing

April 2, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Defense lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss charges against a Northampton man accused of setting a series of fires in 2009 including one that killed a father and son.

Anthony Baye appeared in Hampden Superior Court on Tuesday ahead of his trial in May.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Baye set a series of fires early on Dec. 29, 2009. One claimed the lives of 81-year-old Paul Yeskie Sr. and 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr.

Baye faces 42 charges, including multiple counts of arson and two counts of murder.

Baye’s lawyers argued there is not enough evidence tying their client to the fires. They also are asking Judge Constance Sweeney to separate charges related to earlier fires.

Sweeney didn’t immediately rule, and set another hearing April 26 to preview expert testimony and hear motions in the case.

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