A grand jury indicted a Brooklyn man on first-degree murder charges accusing him of killing his 73-year-old sometime employer by dousing her with accelerant and setting her on fire inside of an Underhill Avenue apartment-building elevator, authorities said this afternoon. Jerome Isaac, 47, has also been charged with arson. He was not present in court in Brooklyn when the formal charges were delivered.
The indictment was not unexpected by the defense. Isaac following the gruesome murder—a tragic event in which Isaac trapped Underhill Avenue resident Delores Gillspie inside of an elevator, sprayed her with gasoline, then ignited a Molotov cocktail and threw it inside with her. The shockingly cruel events were captured on two surveillance cameras, and have since stirred the emotions of the surrounding Prospect Heights community and beyond. Earlier this week, a Manhattan man was even moved to pay for . Additionally, up for the family of the deceased.