OAKLAND — More witnesses are expected to take the stand on Thursday in a critical hearing for two former Ghost Ship tenants facing charges that they created unsafe conditions that led to deaths of three dozen people in a deadly fire last year.
On Wednesday, visiting musician Aaron Marin testified, describing how he jumped from a second-story kitchen window as the warehouse went up in flames on Dec. 2, 2016. Jose Avalos, a former tenant of the warehouse, also testified on Wednesday.
The preliminary hearing is expected to take five days. After it concludes, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner will determine if there’s enough evidence to send former warehouse tenants Derick Almena and Max Harris to trial. Each are charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly ignoring fire codes and obvious safety controls.
During Wednesday’s hearing, family and friends of the 36 victims present in the courtroom were emotional as they listened to Marin and Avalos testify.
As many as two dozen witnesses, including former Ghost Ship residents and visitors to the electronic dance party that led to the inferno, are expected to testify during the hearing.
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