NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel said there isevidence that a single man armed with a lighter is responsible forthe arson spree in Northampton.
Anthony Baye, 25, of Northampton, wasarrested on Monday night and charged with two counts of murderand one count on arson in connection with the fire on Fair Streetthat killeda father and son, Paul Yeskie Sr. and Paul Yeskie Jr.
The Arson Task Force detailed their investigation in a newsconference on Tuesday, which was streamed LIVE on WWLP.com. You canwatch the clips of the news conference by clicking on the mediaplayer.
While Baye has only been charged with one of the fires, DAScheibel said that all of the fires are linked. A string of ninefires broke out in just one hour, all near the downtown area, inthe early morning hours of Sunday,December 27.
DA Scheibel said they do not have a motive yet, but it appearsto have been a random arson spree.
Bayepleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesdaymorning. He faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.