Murder Charges Out of Mt. Vernon Fatal Fire
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 12:34 PM EDT
MOUNT VERNON -- (Indictment from Knox Co. Prosecutor) Jedidiah H. Lang, 31, and Amber K. Pilotti, 31, were indicted on Murder charges yesterday in connection with an apartment building fire on February 14, at 209 Shirley Avenue, Apartment C, in Mount Vernon.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Lang was charged with Murder and Pilotti was charged with Complicity to Commit Murder for causing the death of Bradley Grosscup, 52.
Thatcher said sometime last November, Grosscup allowed Lang and Pilotti to stay in his apartment because the couple was homeless.
On February 12, Lang and Pilotti got into an argument with Grosscup, and then they assaulted him with a pool stick.
Prosecutors will attempt to prove that Grosscup sustained a head injury during the assault, and that Lang and Pilotti prevented Grosscup from leaving the apartment because he wanted to contact the Police.
Medical and other evidence is expected to show that Lang then put Grosscup in a choke hold to prevent him from leaving, and that Grosscup’s subsequent death by asphyxiation was the result of being choked by Lang.
Lang is also charged with Felonious Assault and Pilotti is charged with Complicity to Commit Felonious Assault.
Thatcher said Tampering with Evidence and Gross Abuse of Corpse charges were also sought against Lang and Pilotti for allegedly washing their clothes to remove Grosscup’s blood, on February 13, for allegedly setting fire to Grosscup’s body in his apartment, on February 14, and for allegedly hiding a can of hair spray used to set the fire.
Thatcher explained that Pilotti allegedly used the hairspray and lighter “like a blow torch” to set fire to the couch Grosscup’s body was lying on.
Lang and Pilotti were re-indicted on the Aggravated Arson charges filed in February, and the cases will now proceed to trial with all of the charges filed in one indictment against each Defendant.
Thatcher said Lang and Pilotti face a prison term of 15 years to life for the Murder charges.
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