NY Daily News - December 01, 2017by CHRISTINA CARREGA
An accused arsonist made good on his promise to set fire to a Brooklyn building — igniting a blaze that killed a veteran — after a neighbor asked him to turn his music down, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Christopher Moore was a guest of a tenant in the two-story Brownsville building at 295 E. 98th St. the night of the fire.
Assistant District Attorney Jamie Begley told jurors during her opening statements that on Oct. 7, 2012, as the tenants were setting up for a birthday barbecue, one requested that Moore turn down his music.
“I’ll burn this motherf---er down!” Moore told the neighbor, according to court documents.
Moore, 26, on trial for setting the building on fire and intentionally killing 55-year-old Shelly Kinley, faces a minimum of 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the murder and arson charges.
When the cookout was over, Moore, who was the grill master, set a pile of clothes ablaze inside a ground-floor apartment, prosectors charge.
“He got his coat ... and walks away as the fire burned,” said Begley about the 1 a.m. inferno in the building that housed three families in four units.
Kinley suffered smoke inhalation, went into cardiac arrest and died the following day at Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
"The defendant changed his story again and said he accidentally dropped a match, saw a fire started, thought he put it out and left," said Begley about one of the many statements Moore allegedly gave police.
“I light things on fire when people make me mad,” Begley said Moore told detectives.
Moore was interviewed for more than 24 hours and was “tag-teamed” by detectives to get him to confess, his lawyer, Damien Brown, argued.
The witnesses also changed their stories when talking to police, Brown said.
"This is a tragedy. Someone lost their life, others lost their belongings, their friend,” Brown acknowledged.
Still, he insisted, “This was an accident."