Suspect accused in firefighter's death appears in court

YONKERS - The man accused of setting the Yonkers fire that killed firefighter Patrick Joyce appeared in city court Wednesday.

Police say 33-year-old Rafael Roldan admitted that he caused the deadly fire at a home on Waverly Street.

Roldan was arraigned Monday and charged with second-degree murder, second-degree arson and two counts of first-degree burglary. He was not able to enter a plea at that time because he did not have an attorney. He has since been assigned Manhattan lawyer Scott Tulman for legal representation.

Prosecutors want the case presented to a grand jury and moved to a higher court in White Plains. They will present their argument to have the trial moved Oct. 23.

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