Police video shows murder suspect saying, 'I wanted us to die together'

October 19, 2017 09:42 AM

HUDSON FALLS - He's accused of starting the Sept. 6 fire that killed his girlfriend. Now, for the first time, we hear what happened, from the mouth of Derrick Guilder.

"And the whole room got black," Guilder told investigators from his hospital bed.

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"I started the fire. I just lit newspaper on fire," he said.

Police asked, "What room?"

Guilder answered, "Living room."

Guilder was interviewed by State Police and Hudson Falls Police investigators at Glens Falls Hospital in the hours after the house fire that killed Ashley Coltrain. He told police that he was mad at Coltrain because he read her cell phone and saw what he viewed as flirtatious text messages to another man.

WEB EXTRA: Derrick Guilder interrogation video

"I got tired of everything," Guilder told police during roughly two hours of interviews that were recorded by police.

Coltrain's mother passed away suddenly about 10 days before the fire.

Guilder told police what he used to start the fire.

"I grabbed the newspaper, which was the obituary of her mom," he said.

He described using Ashley's mother's obituary and some other papers to start the fire downstairs, then he said he went upstairs to the room the couple shared.

At first, he told cops that he didn't want Ashley to die.

"I wanted her to live. I did it and I (expletive) regretted it," Guilder said. "I wanted to die, but I didn't want her to. I really didn't."

As the interview continues with Investigators David Mosher and Scott Gillis asking questions, Guilder changes his story.

"I wanted us all to die together," he said.

Police asked, "All meaning who?"

"Everyone. We'd just go out together like a big family," Guilder answered.

Guilder told police that he changed his mind, removed an air conditioner and climbed out onto the roof a few.

He said he yelled to Ashley as he waited for first responders to save him, but "She was already gone."


Mark Mulholland

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