Rochester man accused of starting fatal fire appears in court for evidence hearing

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The man accused of setting a fatal house fire on Hertel Street in Rochester last November was back in court Friday.

The hearing focused on evidence that was gathered when Lawrence Dash was arrested.

Two Rochester police officers took the stand saying two of the children that lived in the home heard glass shatter, saw a man who they called ‘uncle Emory’ on the porch and then ran off.

Police later identified ‘uncle Emory’ as Dash.

Dash’s attorney said that his client had no chance of understanding his rights when he was arrested.

Andre vitale, defense attorney for lawrence dash

“Just doing things the standard way do not adequately protect the person from giving up on some very important rights that are constitutional rights and therefore shouldn’t be treated so lightly,” said Dash’s defense attorney Andre Vitale.

The prosecutor has argued that police followed the letter of the law. 

Six people were injured, and one person –Champagne Singleton — died in the fire.

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