Justin Gause, 21, of Corning, and his brother, Jarrett Gause, 33, of Bath, were indicted last week on second-degree murder charges for the May 14 death of Gladys Ann Willow at her Riverside home.
The brothers allegedly removed the drug equipment from the fire but left Willow inside the home, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told WETM.
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The duo then left to buy cigarettes and did not report the fire, Baker added.
The brothers also face multiple reckless endangerment charges for every firefighter who responded.
They had initially been charged with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.