Chicopee man accused of setting more than a dozen fires faces trial in May


PITTSFIELD -- A tentative May 2013 trial date has been set for an accused arsonist blamed for more than a dozen fires in South County.

Stuart P. Zebrowski, in jail-issued clothing and shackles, appeared with his attorney for a brief hearing on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Zebrowski, 54, of Chicopee, has been held in jail since his arrest in April on 31 charges related to a series of arson fires and break-ins in several Southern Berkshire County towns.

Police and prosecutors say Zebrowski, while making local deliveries for a Springfield-based linen service, set four empty buildings on fire, started 15 brush fires, and broke into a number of homes beginning in 2009.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Zebrowski allegedly told police he set the fires to get rid of things he considered unsightly. He also claimed to police that he broke into people's homes out of curiosity.

On Thursday, his attorney, Rich ard D. LeBlanc, told the court he may be filing a motion to suppress statements his client allegedly made to police.

He and Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey agreed to a final pretrial conference on April 25, with the case to be placed on the May trial list.

The defendant remains at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on $25,000 cash or $250,000 bond.

Thursday's hearing was held before Judge John A. Agostini.


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