2 men charged with arson that killed woman

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two men have been charged with intentionally setting a fire that killed a Connecticut woman in 2006.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday that a grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging 42-year-old John Vailette, also known as “John John” and “Snagglepuss,” and 45-year-old Steven Martone, also known as “Crash,” with committing an arson in Branford that killed Kathy Hardy, a mother of three.

Martone was arrested Friday at his North Branford home.  Vailette is already in federal prison.

The indictment alleges that after the fire both men made incriminating statements to others. It alleges that about two days after the fire, investigators located a truck regularly used by Vailette that contained a silver serving platter and jewelry that belonged to Hardy.

A message was left with the public defender’s office.

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