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Northampton Murder,Arson Suspect Held Without Bail


A Northampton Massachusetts man whose confession was tossed out by the state’s highest court was arraigned Thursday on new charges including arson and murder.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Anthony Baye pleaded innocent to the  charges that allege  he set a series of fires dating back several years that terrorized his  Northampton neighborhood.  Baye was ordered held without bail. Baye, who is 27, was arrested in January 2010 after he admitted during a videotaped interrogation by police that he set several fires on the night of December  27th 2009.  A father and son died in one of the fires. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the videotaped interview was inadmissible as evidence. The Northwestern District Attorney dropped  the original charges against Baye  and convened a new grand jury investigation.  The new grand jury returned a 42 count indictment earlier this week..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.