UTICA, N.Y. – Andre Anderson was found guilty Friday on two counts of first-degree murder after stabbing his grandmother and setting her home on fire in January. Anderson's grandmother, Freddie Mckinney, died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the incident.
Anderson was also found guilty of first-degree and second-degree arson.
After five days of trial testimony from responding police officers, firefighters, DNA analysts and witnesses, the jury convicted Anderson on Friday, Oct. 11.
Anderson was called to the stand Friday, where he claimed he and Mckinney started arguing after he asked to use gasoline that was stored in the home for his car. Anderson said the fight escalated and his grandmother reached for a knife.
"Their was a knife on the table, and I thought she was going to try and stab me with it," Anderson said.
When questioned about the injuries that were found on the back of Mckinney's head, Anderson said he believed she slipped on the gasoline.
Amanda Maciol, a patrol officer with the Utica Police Department, was questioned on day four of the trial. Maciol spoke with Mckinney, at the hospital directly after the incident.
"She stated that he came behind her and tried to stab her in the back, I asked, 'Miss Mckinney, did he stab you,' she stated I'm not sure, I grabbed the knife and it broke, and then he went and got something wet, he wet me, tried to light me, and then she stated, he lit me," Maciol said.
Gerald Foster, the Utica fire marshal, also testified on Thursday saying there were fires in the kitchen and living rooms that did not appear to be connected, seemingly eliminating any accidental causes of the fire.
"This is a set fire from human intervention," Foster said while be questioned on the stand.
Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 9.