Witness testimony continues in second day of Ghost Ship criminal hearing


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.

Witness Aaron Marin leaves the courthouse after his testimony outside Department 13 in the Rene C. Davidson Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The preliminary hearing begins for Derick Almena and Max Harris, accused of 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Witness Aaron Marin leaves the courthouse after his testimony outside Department 13 in the Rene C. Davidson Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The preliminary hearing begins for Derick Almena and Max Harris, accused of 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) 

 

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.



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