Mass. trial begins for man accused in fatal fire
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys in the murder and arson trial of a Northampton man acknowledge there’s no physical evidence or eyewitness testimony linking him to the crimes, but they say his own comments are key.
Twenty-eight-year-old Anthony Baye has pleaded not guilty to charges including arson and murder. He is accused of setting 15 fires on Dec. 27, 2009, including a house fire that killed 81-year-old Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son, 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr.
Prosecutor Brett Vottero said in his opening statement Thursday that Baye lied to police who stopped him twice in the area of the fires that night, and his comments show he was to blame.
Defense attorney David Hoose said Baye lied only to cover up drunken driving, and he isn’t guilty. He said police were under pressure to arrest someone.