As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, Marcell Dockery, 16, claimed through his attorney at an arraignment Thursday that he did not set the fire at all and a prior confession was coerced.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
Members of his family wept in the courtroom as Dockery was arraigned on second-degree murder and assault charges Thursday in Brooklyn, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. He was also charged in connection with an earlier unrelated robbery, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
Also present were the parents of Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, who was killed in the fire. They declined speak about their son’s alleged killer.
Police said Dockery admitted to lighting a mattress on fire at a public housing high-rise on Surf Avenue on April 6.