NEW CITY, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) — The suspect accused of burning a New Square man over a religious dispute has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
Rottenberg’s family has said that Spitzer was acting at the direction of the village’s chief rabbi, David Twersky, because Rottenberg had stopped praying at Twersky’s synagogue.
Rottenberg was badly burned when police say Spitzer tried to burn down his home. Spitzer was also burned on his hands and arms.
Spitzer, in black Hasidic garb with a white bandage on his left hand, was accompanied by four bearded relatives as he was arraigned in Rockland County Court on charges of attempted murder, attempted arson and assault.
His lawyer, former Rockland District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz, entered not-guilty pleas to all charges.
Spitzer faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
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