Man charged in arson case retains new lawyer

ALBANY, N.Y. — With the
possibility of facing the death penalty, the man charged with arson in the fire
that killed three Schenectady children
last month has retained a new lawyer
with a history in similar cases.

Court documents this week
reveal 27-year old Robert Butler, of Saratoga Springs has hired Rochester-based
attorney Bill T. Easton.

According to his online
biography, as a former public defender, he served a leading role in every capital
trial in western New York since the death penalty was reinstated.

Butler will be tried in
federal court, which opens the possibility of the death penalty. He's accused
setting a Hulett Street home on fire, killing a 32-year-old man, his two and
three-year-old children, and an 11-month old baby. A fourth child was air lifted to a burn center in Westchester and survived.

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