NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The trial of accused Northampton arsonist Anthony Baye has been moved from Northampton to Springfield.
Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office told 22News that Baye will now be tried at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, instead of Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.
The jury was to be empanelled in Springfield already, but the trial itself was to take place in Northampton prior to Judge Constance Sweeney's decision on Thursday.
Baye is charged with setting more than two dozen fires in Northampton, including a series of fires the night of December 27, 2009. In one of those fires, a father and son, Paul Yeskie and Paul Yeskie, Jr. were killed.
District Attorney David Sullivan had argued against the change of venue, saying that he believes the move deprives people in the community where the fires occurred from having easy access to the trial.
Jury selection is set to begin on Monday.