- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 40-year-old woman accused of setting a fire that killed two men at a Buffalo rooming house has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges.

Al-Shariyfa Robinson entered the plea during her arraignment on Thursday to charges of second-degree murder and arson. Prosecutors say she set the fire that tore through a building on the city’s east side on Oct. 10, killing 58-year-old Edward Hughes and 64-year-old James Hodges.

WIVB-TV reports Robinson confessed to investigators that she set the fire. But Robinson’s attorneys say any confession would have been made under duress and they’re working to keep that suppression from being used during trial.

Robinson has been ordered held without bail. She’s due back in court on May 27.


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