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Widow testifies in Baye arson trial

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Widow Elaine Yeskie broke down as she took to the witness stand Friday morning in the trial of the man accused of setting the 2009 fire that killed her son and husband.

"I just kept staring at the window because I couldn't believe what I was seeing and then I turned my head and I looked to my right and I saw flames coming around and I said I better get out of here," said Yeskie.

Anthony Baye is facing 36 charges for 15 fires set on Dec. 27, 2009. On the stand, Yeskie explained to the jurors that once she and her friend escaped from her burning home she realized her husband and son weren't going to make it out alive.

"I just waited and waited and waited for them and I knew they weren't going to come up the hill," said Yeskie.

The first witness to take to the stand in the trial was a Northampton Public Safety dispatcher. During her testimony multiple 911 tapes from that night were played including the call from Elaine Yeskie's son, Paul Yeskie Jr.

There are no eye witnesses to any of the fires nor any DNA evidence. Prosecutors say the case boils down to the lies Baye told authorities whereas the defense says lies don't prove the Northampton man is a murderer or an arsonist.

Among the other witnesses to take to the stand in the first day of testimony in the trial was a now 18-year-old whose home was destroyed in one of the fires, a fire investigator and several people whose homes or property were damaged.

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