Judge Tosses Murder Charge Against Pennsylvania Man Accused of Causing Two Firefighter Fatalities

To the dismay of firefighters, a judge threw out third-degree murder charges yesterday against a Port Richmond man accused of cultivating marijuana in his home, where two firefighters were killed in August battling a blaze caused by a high-intensity...

Under cross-examination, Cannon asked Rivera whether Brough ever sold marijuana or other drugs.

"Never," Rivera replied.

But in a statement to investigators immediately after the fire, Rivera allegedly said Brough told him the plants weren't yet full-grown for sale.

A witness to the fire, Patricia Kozlowski, testified yesterday that she saw Brough as firefighters battled the blaze.

"I heard him say, 'Oh, God, I obscenity up,' " Kozlowski testified. "He was just repeating it over and over again."

She said Brough had his head in his hands, and was distraught and shaking his head, as firefighters carried Taylor and Rubio out of the house.

"They were banging on their chests, performing CPR, and racing to an ambulance," Kozlowski testified as members of Taylor's and Rubio's families wiped away tears.

Prosecutor Cameron said the District Attorney's Office would weigh rearresting Brough on the third-degree murder and drug-distribution charges. A rearrest would effectively appeal Deni's decisions to a higher court.

"The bottom line is he caused the death of two Philadelphia firefighters - he is a murderer," Cameron told the judge.

Since his arrest after the blaze on murder charges, Brough has been jailed without bail. Yesterday, Deni set bail at $150,000, but Cannon said he did not believe his client would be able to post that amount. Brough is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 3.