Charges dropped against suspect in Canal St. fire

The man suspected of sparking a massive five that gutted a row of buildings on Canal Street earlier this year is out of jail.

NEW ORLEANS – The man suspected of sparking a massive five that gutted a row of buildings on Canal Street earlier this year is out of jail.

Orleans Parish Municipal Court officials on Thursday confirmed that charges against Darren Denley were dropped late last month. A judge ordered him released Sept. 1.

Denley had been booked on municipal charges, including setting fires and crossing police lines after the Jan. 27 in the 1000 block of Canal Street.

Denley, who is homeless, reportedly set a fire in the alcove of a building to try to keep warm. WWL-TV recorded police arresting him hours after the fire when he ran past a police line to try to grab his belongings.

He shouted that he was innocent as police took him away.

Denley had been denied bond pending a psychological evaluation which resulted in him being deemed incompetent to stand trial, leading to his release.

(© 2016 WWL)


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