Northwestern District Attorney’s Office launches new GrandJury investigation in Northampton arsons
NORTHAMPTON, MA. – The Office of the Northwestern District Attorney announced today thatit has dismissed the pending arson and homicide charges against Anthony Baye and is launchinga new Grand Jury investigation into a series of intentionally set fires in Northampton. The fires began in January of 2007 and culminated with multiple house and car fires onDecember 27, 2009 which caused the death of Paul Yeskie and his son Paul Yeskie, Jr. of 17 FairStreet in Northampton.Anyone who may have information regarding these fires is encouraged to contact lawenforcement through any of the following ways:* Massachusetts State Arson Hotline (800) 682-9229* Northampton Police Detectives Unit (413) 587-1100* NWDA’s anonymous Text-a-Tip – Text PROTECT and message to 274637 Baye, 27, of Northampton, was arrested on January 4, 2010, after he admitted during avideotaped interview with law enforcement that he set most of the fires that occurred duringthe night of Dec. 27, 2009. Six homes were set ablaze that night, including a home on FairStreet where Paul Yeskie, Sr., and his son, Paul Yeskie, Jr., were killed. Nine vehicles also wereburned.Baye was indicted on arson and homicide charges and has been held without right to bail sincethat time. Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared that his videotapedadmissions could not be used as evidence. After reviewing that decision, the NorthwesternDistrict Attorney’s Office has decided to dismiss the pending indictments and present thismatter to a new Grand Jury.“While we believed that Judge Constance Sweeney’s finding was correct in her determinationthat Baye’s videotaped confession was admissible, we accept and will follow the ruling of theSupreme Judicial Court,” said Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.“For that reason, we have today filed a nolle prosequi (dismissal) of the arson and homicidecharges against Mr. Baye.”Although not the entirety of the case against Baye, the incriminating statements he madeduring his videotaped interview were a significant part of the Commonwealth’s presentationto the Hampshire Grand Jury in February 2010. Because this prosecution was undertaken, andthese indictments were obtained, in reliance upon the defendant’s incriminating statements,the Commonwealth has determined that the interests of justice are best served by presentingthis matter to a new Grand Jury. The Commonwealth does so for two major reasons.