Attorney for accused teen: Joe Phillips started Lockport Fire

Case continued to December 22nd
Posted at 10:50 AM, Nov 29, 2016

An attorney for a teenager accused of criminally negligent homicide in the fire that killed Lockport teenager Joe Phillips says Phillips is the one who started the fire.

The teenager, who is not being identified, faces 10 charges in all, including criminal mischief and burglary for his role in the August 11th fire at the High-Tread International Plant.

14-year-old Joe Phillps' remains were found in plant following the fire.

The teen's attorney, Angelo DiMillo, says reports that reports that the accused teen ran from the building are false. He also says his client received a voicemail from Phillips, saying he couldn't get out. The teen notified his parents, who then went directly to Lockport Police.

During Tuesday morning's court proceedings, DiMillo asked the judge for an adjournment for enough time to get his client's interview with Lockport Police transcribed. He says answers provided during the interview, which spans more than an hour, do not support the charges from county prosecutors.

DiMillo says his client has been fully cooperative throughout the entire investigation. He plans to file motions of sufficiency, hoping that the transcriptions will support his claim that prosecutors do not have enough evidence to charge his client.

The teen is expected back in court on December 22nd.