Subscriber login

News
What you need to know for 06/28/2017

Two more indicted in fatal arson case

Two more indicted in fatal arson case

Men are accused of lying about fire that killed four and severely injured Safyre Terry
Two more indicted in fatal arson case
In May 2013 a deadly fire at 438 Hulett Street, Schenectady, killed David Terry and his three children, Layah, 3, Michael, 2, and Donavan Duell, 11 months. Safyre Terry, the only survivor, was 5 at the time.

SCHENECTADY -- Two more pepole have been indicted on perjury charges related to the 2013 arson fire that killed four and maimed Safyre Terry.

Bryan Fish, 22, of Schenectady, and Richard Ramsey, 47, of Saratoga Springs, face federal perjury counts that accuse them of lying to the grand jury investigating the fire, which happened on Hulett Street.

Fish faces three perjury counts, while Ramsey faces four, federal prosecutors said.

Both Fish and Ramsey are accused of lying about multiple aspects of the case related to the account of Safyre’s biological mother, Jennica Duell.

Duell received more than 11 years in federal prison for her perjury admissions.

Another man, Edward Leon, is serving 10 years in prison after his perjury conviction related to a different aspect of the fire investigation.

Duell pleaded guilty in May to three counts of perjury. The charges stemmed from statements she gave that bolstered charges against Robert Butler, who was released from police custody after the investigation refocused on Leon, of St. Johnsville, as the primary suspect in the arson.

Prosecutors first indicted Duell and Leon in 2014, more than a year after the May 2, 2013, blaze at 438 Hulett St. that killed David Terry, 32, and his children, Layah, 3; Michael, 2; and Donavan Duell, 11 months. Safyre, found by firefighters in her father’s arms, suffered severe injuries and continues her recovery.

Safyre became the focus of a worldwide Christmas card project in December and has been in the care of her aunt, Liz Dolder -- David Terry’s sister -- since returning home from the hospital.

The arson remains unsolved, and a reward of up to $40,000 continues to be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

View Comments
Hide Comments
0 premium 1 premium 2 premium 3 premium 4 premium 5 premium 6 premium 7 premium article articles remaining SUBSCRIBE TODAY

You have reached your monthly premium content limit.

Continue to enjoy Daily Gazette premium content by becoming a subscriber.
Already a subscriber? Log In