A Manhattan man has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in connection with a fire that killed one of his neighbors.
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the indictment Tuesday of Wei Chu Hu.
The Jan. 10 fire in SoHo claimed the life of his upstairs neighbor, Renee Lea Williams.
The defendant also is accused of assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him.
Police have said the defendant thought his wife was cheating on him.
According to the Daily News, defense attorney Kenneth Walsh says he has been gathering medical records from China that might pertain to a psychiatric history.
The prosecutor says none of the building's residents have been able to return to their apartments.