A jury was seated today in the murder/arson trial of Rafael Roldan, (pictured left) who is accused of causing a house fire that killed Yonkers firefighter Patrick Joyce 15 months ago.
Prosecutors say Roldan, 34, set the fire as revenge for being evicted. He now faces murder, arson and other felony charges.
Patrick Joyce, who lived in Eastchester, was killed Oct. 2, 2009, as he battled a blaze at a three-story house at 149 Waverly St. Two other firefighters were hurt when they jumped with Joyce from the window. One of the injured firefighters has returned to work; the other retired.
Joyce (pictured right) was married with two young daughters. His twin brother, Peter, also a Yonkers firefighter, was in court for both days of jury selection.
Roldan has been held in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla without bail since his arrest the day after the blaze. According to court papers, he first denied being in the house early Oct. 2, but he later told police that he had set the fatal fire.
Opening statements will begin tomorrow morning before Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli. The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Assistant Westchester County District Attorney Timothy Ward is prosecuting the case. Manhattan defense lawyer Scott Tulman is representing Roldan.