SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A possible death penalty case has been dropped against Robert Butler, the man charged with starting a fire that killed a father and three young children in Schenectady.
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian released a statement Friday saying that because of the complexity of the case and the investigation, and the possible gravity of the punishment, the case needed more investigation before moving forward.
The U.S. Attorney said they were committed to continuing the investigation until "justice is done."
Butler has been in police custody since May of last year.
Police say he intentionally set a fire at a home on Hulett Street that killed 32 year old David Terry and his children, Layah Terr, 3, Michael Terry, 2, and Donovan Duell, 11 months.
Officers say Butler lit a fire in the home because of an ongoing argument with David Terry.
Butler was charged by the feds in June with one count of arson causing death.
That charge would have carried the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison, upon conviction.