By Tom Hayes
NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a New York City man on first-degree murder charges stemming from the burning death of a 73-year-old woman inside an elevator.
The indictment also charges Jerome Isaac with arson. He was not in court Friday in Brooklyn when a prosecutor informed a judge of the formal charges.
Outside court, defense attorney Howard Tanner told reporters that the murder indictment was expected. He said he was in touch with his client and would "evaluate all possible defenses" but declined to elaborate.
An arraignment wasn't scheduled. Issac is being held without bail.
Isaac, 47, was arrested Sunday in what has been called one of New York City's most gruesome crimes in recent memory.
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