On Monday morning, a City Court Judge denied a motion to dismiss a harassment charge against Joseph Conti.
In late January, Conti’s seven-year-old son Anthony was killed in a house fire on Benzinger St. in Buffalo. Conti was at the house when the fire occurred, but legally, he was not allowed to be there.
Sources say Conti may have accidentally started the fire after lighting a cigarette with a small blow torch.
The Buffalo man had been arrested after an incident on New Year’s Eve and was charged with harassment. Authorities say Conti spit on his wife during an argument.
An order of protection was later placed against Conti, barring him from getting within 100 feet of his wife, contacting her, contacting her home or her workplace.
The order was temporarily lifted so that Conti could attend his son’s wake and funeral, but it was later put back in place.
Conti’s trial will begin in City Court on May 24.