Arson Murder Charges in 1986 Cold Case

By Bob Connors
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Arson Murder Charges in 1986 Cold Case

East Windsor Police

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Police are expected to charge a former East Windsor volunteer firefighter with setting a fire that killed a couple nearly 24 years ago.

Peter Waraksa was a member of the Warehouse Point Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 7, 1986, the day a deadly fire claimed the lives of Orie "Harold" Weeks, 59, and his wife Assunta Weeks, 57, inside their Broadview Lane home.

East Windsor Police, working with the state's Cold Case Unit, now say Waraksa set that fire. He was to be charged with two counts of Arson Murder at a court appearance in Enfield Tuesday afternoon.

Waraksa, who is also a former employee of the East Windsor Emergency Management Agency, is already in prison on unrelated charges. In 2007, he was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting five boys.

If convicted on the Arson Murder charges, Waraksa faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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