Frank J. Bredt, Jr. convicted of murdering Elisabeth Bell

Frank Bredt Jr. (Erie . County Attorney

Frank Bredt Jr. (Image via Erie County District Attorney’s Office.)

A 33-year-old upstate New York man could spend the rest of his life behind bars, prosecutors say, after a grand jury found him to kill his girlfriend by dosing her with gasoline and intentionally setting them on fire. her and their home. A grand jury in Erie County on Tuesday found Frank J. Bredt, Jr. guilty of one count of willful second-degree murder and one count of murder for the 2018 murder of a 28-year-old Elisabeth Bell, the district attorney’s office announced.

According to a press release from the Erie County DA’s Office after a six-day trial, jurors deliberated for about four and a half hours before finding Bredt guilty on both counts.

District Attorney John Flynn said that what Bredt did to Bell constituted one of the most horrifying and macabre crimes he has faced since taking office in January 2017.

“This is one of the most horrifying domestic violence murder cases my agency has prosecuted. This defendant knowingly killed his girlfriend by burning her alive in her bedroom,” Flynn said in a statement following the verdict. “I hope the defendant understands the excruciating pain he has caused the young mother after suffering severe burns as a result of his murder. Elisabeth Bell’s family has been waiting for justice for a long time and I hope they feel that justice has been served.”

Prosecutors say that Bredt about 3:30 a.m. on January 11, 2018 “poured an accelerator” on Bell’s body while on the second floor of their home on the 50th block of Manhattan Avenue. He then set her on fire “with the intention of causing her death,” prosecutors said.

At the time Bredt set Bell on fire, there were five other people inside the mansion, including Bell’s 7-year-old daughter, prosecutors continued. All five were able to get out of the burning house and were mostly uninjured, with only Bell’s daughter suffering burns to her leg, they allege.

However, Bredt was unable to leave the residence unharmed.

“During the process of setting the victim on fire, the defendant set himself on fire and burned the house,” prosecutors added. After suffering “severe burns” from the fire he lit, Bredt ran away from home.

A woman on the first floor of the home told investigators she was woken up around 3:30 by the smell of smoke, Buffalo News report. After waking her boyfriend, the couple told investigators they then saw Bredt running down the stairs “on fire screaming” Help me! Help me!'”

Law enforcement officials discovered Bredt was trying to hide in the backyard of a nearby home, prosecutors said. Officers detained Bredt and took him to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo for treatment. Bredt’s burns were so severe that he was kept in the ECMC Burn Center for over a year.

Bredt’s attorney, Joel Danielsin May 2018, it was reported that his client was still receiving treatment in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and had undergone multiple surgeries after burning “a large part of his body”.

Daniels did not immediately respond to a message from Law & Crime seeking comment on the ruling.

Bredt is facing prison sentences ranging from 25 years to life in prison for each murder count. He is currently scheduled to appear in a sentencing hearing before Judge Erie . County Superior Court M. William Boller at 9:30 a.m. on May 2, 2022.

[image via Erie County District Attorney’s Office]

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