By JERMECIA EDWARDS & VANESSA WALKER

A Brooklyn Detective testified at the trial of Guatemalan ex-con on Tuesday that the accused arsonist in his statements to police first lied about his whereabouts and then later admitted that he was at the scene of the fire that killed five Guatemalan immigrants

Louis Wero, a 23-year veteran and head detective of this case, went on stand at Brooklyn Supreme Court to describe the crime that took place back in January 2010. The defendant, Daniel Ignacio, is charged with murder for setting the fire in a Bensonhurst apartment.

Ignacio’s initial alibi was he went to bed at 10 p.m., the detective testified. However, the police officers found video footage of Ignacio outside of the building at 1:30a.m and again at 2:15a.m.

“Yes it was me,” Wero testified that the defendant confessed to starting the fire at 2023 86th St.  “It was the devil inside of me that made me do it,” the detective quoted Ignacio saying.

The earlier footage showed Ignacio putting bottles of vodka in the garbage on the curb and going back inside. Around 2:15, he returned outside to smoke a cigarette.

After allegedly confessing to the crime, he was very cooperative and willing to write the statement and give a videotaped confession, the detective added. In his statement, he admitted to igniting the fire by throwing his lit cigarette on a roll of toilet tissue drenched in paint thinner all over the steps and baby carriage at the bottom of the tenement’s stairs.

“It was an accident and a stupid act in my life,” Wero also quoted him saying “I don’t need forgiveness because I don’t deserve it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By JERMECIA EDWARDS & VANESSA WALKER

 

A Brooklyn Detective testified at the trial of Guatemalan ex-con on Tuesday that the accused arsonist in his statements to police first lied about his whereabouts and then later admitted that he was at the scene of the fire that killed five Guatemalan immigrants.

 

Louis Wero, a 23-year veteran and head detective of this case, went on stand at Brooklyn Supreme Court to describe the crime that took place back in January 2010. The defendant, Daniel Ignacio, is charged with murder for setting the fire in a Bensonhurst apartment.

 

Ignacio’s initial alibi was he went to bed at 10 p.m., the detective testified. However, the police officers found video footage of Ignacio outside of the building at 1:30a.m and again at 2:15a.m.

 

“Yes it was me,” Wero testified that the defendant confessed to starting the fire at 2023 86th St.  “It was the devil inside of me that made me do it,” the detective quoted Ignacio saying.

 

The earlier footage showed Ignacio putting bottles of vodka in the garbage on the curb and going back inside. Around 2:15, he returned outside to smoke a cigarette.

 

After allegedly confessing to the crime, he was very cooperative and willing to write the statement and give a videotaped confession, the detective added. In his statement, he admitted to igniting the fire by throwing his lit cigarette on a roll of toilet tissue drenched in paint thinner all over the steps and baby carriage at the bottom of the tenement’s stairs.

 

“It was an accident and a stupid act in my life,” Wero also quoted him saying “I don’t need forgiveness because I don’t deserve it.”