Judge Restricts Testimony in Advance of Baye Trial
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Hampden Superior Court judge has ruled that a State Trooper set to testify in the Anthony Baye trial cannot state in his professional opinion that fires set in December of 2009 were connected through the same alleged arsonist to other similar fires set in that same general neighborhood.
ABC40 confirmed this information with authorities this evening.
State Trooper Michael Mazza was expected to testify linking Baye in his opinion, to setting the fires the night of December 27 in 2009 and a number of other fires that took place previously in the same area.
But at a pre-trial hearing Thursday in Northampton the defense team for Anthony Baye filed a motion to exclude prosecution testimony that one person set all the fires.
Upon her review Judge Constance Sweeney sided with the defense team determining the testimony will not be allowed. She announced her decision today.
Trooper Mazza will however, be testifying on other critical matters of the case.
Baye is accused of setting more than a dozen fires that December night in Northampton. Two people, 81-year-old Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son, 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr., died in one of those fires.
Baye faces 42 charges, including multiple counts of arson and two counts of murder.
On Thursday, Judge Sweeney also ruled that the trial for Anthony Baye will be held in Springfield rather than Northampton. She noted that she was concerned about logistics in providing a fair trial and transporting jurors every day from Springfield to Northampton.