Daniel Rochat, 37, entered a not guilty plea Friday to charges of murder, aggravated arson and armed burglary in the death of 70-year-old Barbara Vernieri.
Daniel Rochat, 37, of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey was arrested Wednesday for first degree murder, attempted murder, arson, burglary, resisting arrest and other charges in the death of 70-year-old Barbara Vernieri.
The Medical Examiner said Barbara Vernieri of East Rutherford died from blunt force trauma to her head early Friday morning.
The 70-year-old grandmother’s home was then set on fire with her body inside, authorities said.
Crime scene tape is still surrounding the East Rutherford home of 70-year-old Barbara Vernieri. Investigators said the widowed real estate agent was murdered before her home was set on fire.