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'Arson killer' held without bail



The Brooklyn man charged with heinously burning his elderly boss to death in an elevator attack was held without bail Monday morning.

Jerome Isaac, 47, was charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of Delores Gillespie, 73, whom police say Isaac ambushed in her elevator and lit on fire with a Molotov cocktail after dousing her with a flammable liquid. Isaac did not enter a plea.

"The evidence of this particularly heinous and brutal murder is beyond question," Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub said in court, adding that the attack was caught on surveillance tape.

"When he was arrested, he was reeking of accelerant," Taub added. "As the court can see, the burns on his body are consistent with the images." Parts of Isaac's face appeared to be burned.

Isaac is due back in court Friday.

Gillespie had hired Isaac to perform work around her apartment, but she fired him after discovering that Isaac had been stealing expensive items from her apartment, according to published reports. She then refused to pay him for the work.

Follow reporter Tim Herrera on Twitter: @tim_herrera

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