Two men who allegedly set a George Street house on fire on Nov. 5 - one day after they started setting items in the house ablaze - have been indicted on second-degree murder and arson charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Marcus Dozier, 46, was arraigned today and was ordered held without bail pending the outcome of his trial. Kenneth Ford, 43, is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow, the DA's office reports. A Suffolk County grand jury indicted them on June 28 for the death of Michelle Trentor, 28.
According to prosecutors, the two were among a group of homeless people who used 94 George St. as a place to stay and to do drugs.
Ford and Dozier allegedly set fire to items on the buildings first-floor on Nov. 4, though the fire did not spread. They also allegedly made statements to witnesses at different times that there was “something in that house” that they “need to get rid of” and that people should leave the property early the next morning and “not ask questions,” prosecutors said.
On the morning of Nov. 5, Boston Water and Sewer contractors working in the immediate area of 94 George St. observed a man who was on fire stagger from the house. The workers called 911, and members of the Boston Fire Department arrived within minutes to find heavy fire showing from all of the building’s three floors.
The burned man, a 37-year-old homeless person, was transported by Boston EMS personnel to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later transferred to the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He survived his injuries.
Trentor’s body was discovered by members of the Boston Fire Department as they searched through the rubble of the collapsed building. Her death was determined to be the result of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.