An ex-firefighter is facing more arson charges after the Warren County District Attorney's office says new evidence has emerged. YNN's Erin Moran reports.
WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- Accused of setting multiple fires to his former fire department's station, ex-firefighter William Smith, 23, of Glens Falls, pleaded not guilty to ten charges in Warren County Court Wednesday, seven of them felony counts for second degree arson. He was originally charged with less.
“In preparing for the trial, it became clear that there were additional fires that we believe the evidence shows he started,” said Kate Hogan, Warren County District Attorney.
The charges stem from ten small fires set at the West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Company station between June 30th and August 22nd of 2012.
“We have filed the statement notices in which the defendant does make statements in which he admits he did start fires to the outlet,” said Hogan.
But Smith's defense attorney, Marc Zuckerman, said the alleged statement Smith gave to police isn't what he actually said.
“It's not his words. He wasn't recorded. There's no video recording of him speaking like that. He's denying that that statement was ever made,” said Zuckerman.
The original trial was scheduled to begin next week, but in light of the new charges, as well as new DNA and fingerprint evidence submitted by the District Attorney's office, it's been postponed.
Zuckerman said he will review all new charges and evidence and proceed appropriately. But he said he finds the timing of it all to be very odd.
“It's a little late in the case for this kind of evidence to come in. This case has been pending for a full year. You think they would've done this before four days before the trial is supposed to start or a week before the trial is supposed to start, but it is what it is,” said Zuckerman.
Zuckerman said Smith maintains his innocence.
William Smith will remain in Warren County Jail until he can post either $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.