Man charged with 2nd-degree murder in fatal fire

Jul 19, 2013 -- 1:30pm
A Bethel grand jury returned a 17 count indictment against Derek Adams Thursday, charging him with six counts of second-degree murder, one count of arson and 10 counts of assault, most in connection to others in the house at the time of the June 28 fire. The fire killed 8-year-old Cyprian Ignatius, 43-year-old Joseph Ignatius and 25-year-old Edward Murphy.  Authorities say they cannot discuss motive. Adams is in custody in Bethel, with bail set at $500,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Bethel District Attorney June Stein says twice the murder counts were filed to cover two theories: extreme different indifference and felony murder.

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