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Burton Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Murder in Floral Ave. Arson

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Dwight Burton, the man accused of an October arson in Johnson city that killed two young boys and critically injured two women, pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday morning in Broome County Court.

Burton, 38, is accused of igniting the third-floor hallway of an apartment housing community at 145 Floral Ave. during the early morning hours of Oct. 19. Joshua Maxwell, 4, and Michael Maxwell, 3, were killed in the blaze.

Police say Burton intended to target his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Baxter, 28, who was inside the home. Baxter, and Erica Kurtz, 27, the mother of the two slain boys, were both critically injured due to severe burns they suffered.

Burton pleaded not guilty to all of the following charges:

- First degree murder (three counts)
- First degree arson
- Second degree murder (two counts)
- Second degree attempted murder (two counts)
- First degree assault (two counts)
- Aggravated criminal contempt

During Burton's court appearance, Broome County Court Judge Joseph Cawley issued two protective orders for Baxter and Kurtz. The defendant is to have no contact with either victim.

Burton is currently being held at the Broome County Jail, where he will be detained until and throughout his trial. He is facing a maximum penalty of life in state prison.

Burton is due back in court Dec. 9 for a conference regarding his legal counsel.