Man pleads not guilty to starting fire near homeless men

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to starting a fire in downtown Boston that police say endangered the lives of two homeless men.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says Matthew Cody, of Arlington, was arraigned Monday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of arson and attempted murder. He was held on $30,000 cash bail.

Authorities allege the 30-year-old Cody set the fire on Oct. 8, 2015, in downtown Boston near where two homeless men were sleeping. Prosecutors say the men could have been injured if not for a passerby who roused them awake.

Cody was arrested Monday morning.

He’s due back in court Aug. 16.

His lawyer, Andrew Stockwell-Alpert, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

(Copyright (c) 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)