Jury Finds Son, Father Guilty in Triple Fatal Arson Case

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013  |  Updated 2:50 PM EDT
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Jury Finds Son, Father Guilty in Triple Fatal Arson Case

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Wanda Roberson, her niece, Jaqueeta Roberson, and Wanda's 8-year-old son, Quayshawn, were killed in an arson fire.

A federal jury has found a son and father guilty of charges filed in connection with the fire that killed a mother, her 8-year-old son and 18-year-old niece in the Fair Haven section of New Haven in 2011.

Hector Natal, 26, was charged with arson resulting in death for the fire at 48-50 Wolcott St. in New Haven, a multifamily house.

The fire killed 42-year-old Wanda Roberson, her 8-year-old son, Quayshawn and her 21-year-old niece, Jaqueeta Roberson.

Natal was found guilty on one narcotics charge, one attempted arson charge and three arson charges resulting in the deaths of Wanda, Jaquita and Quayshawn, as well as two witness tampering charges

He and his father, Hector Morales, were tried together in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Morales was found guilty on one narcotics charge, three charges of accessory to arson after the fact resulting in the deaths of Wanda, Jaquita and Quayshawn, two witness tampering charges and one conceal/destruct evidence charge

Sentencing has not yet been set. The judge is waiting for any pre-sentencing motions to be filed first.

Authorities said Natal set the fire in a drug dispute with another person in the building. 
 

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