Man pleads guilty in Barbados fire that killed 6

AP News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 2:54 PM
Man pleads guilty in Barbados fire that killed 6

A man accused of setting a clothing store on fire and killing six women during an attempted robbery last year has pleaded guilty.

Renaldo Anderson Alleyne, 21, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to six counts of manslaughter. Police had originally charged him with murder.

It is unclear when he will be sentenced. Prosecutors are awaiting a psychological assessment.

Pathologists testified that the women, ages 18 to 24, died from asphyxiation because of smoke inhalation. Police have said they became trapped when they ran to the back of the store to escape the fire set in September 2010.

Three of the women were employees at the Campus Trendz Boutique in the capital of Bridgetown. The other three were customers.

A second suspect, Jamar Bynoe, is facing similar charges but the case has not yet gone to trial.