Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson today announced the indictment of Marcell Dockery, 16, for a top count of felony murder for allegedly setting a fire that resulted in the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. If convicted, Dockery faces a maximum sentence of 25-years-to-life in prison.
“The senseless act of setting that fire tragically led to the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. His partner Officer Rosa Rodriguez suffered critical injuries. Both dedicated and courageous officers did not hesitate to risk their lives to save others. We will bring the defendant to justice for these terrible and horrific crimes.”
Marcell Dockery is charged in an indictment with a top count of felony murder—causing the death of a person in the course of committing the crime of arson. According to court documents, Dockery set a mattress on fire on the 13th floor in the hallway of a high-rise building creating a smoke-filled environment. Officers Guerra and Rodriguez, acting as first responders, were both overcome by smoke.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.