1 acquitted in deadly warehouse fire; jury deadlocks on 2nd

1 acquitted in deadly warehouse fire; jury deadlocks on 2nd

1 acquitted in deadly warehouse fire; jury deadlocks on 2nd

More recently, jury deliberations were delayed after Judge Trina Thompson dismissed three jurors for misconduct and ordered the panel to restart deliberations anew with three alternate members.

Michela Gregory and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Alex Vega, died when fire roared through the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse. But a judge threw out their pleas previous year after numerous victims' families objected.

Almena and Harris were set to be sentenced last year to nine and six years in prison, respectively, after pleading no contest to manslaughter. He faced 39 years in prison.

As the judge declared a mistrial, sobs and gasps erupted from family and friends of the victims who have packed the courtroom for the emotional three-month trial.

Getz said people were living in substandard housing because they couldn't afford the San Francisco Bay Area's expensive rents. The jury found Harris not guilty and was hung on Almena.

The December 2016 fire broke out during an electronic music party at an Oakland warehouse called the Ghost Ship, which had been illegally converted into an artist live-work space.

Prosecutors accused Almena and Harris of creating a ripe environment for the fire through their negligence, pointing to the 10,000-square-foot (900-square-metre) building's lack of sprinklers and smoke detectors. Prosecutors said the victims received no warning and had little chance to escape down a narrow, ramshackle staircase.

Today she said jurors were "hopelessly deadlocked" before telling prosecutors to return to court on October 4 for a decision on whether they would retry Almena or reach a plea deal.

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The aftermath of a deadly fire that broke out in an Oakland, Calif., warehouse in December 2016. The new jury has been deliberating since August 26. While the families' civil suit names Almena and Harris, it also named many other individuals and entities, including the City of Oakland, the Oakland Fire Department, the building's landlords, and PG&E.

To find them guilty, the jurors had to agree that the men acted negligently.

Prosecutors allege the men were criminally negligent when they illegally converted the industrial building into a residence for artists and held unpermitted events inside.

But the defendants' lawyers said the pair were not responsible, arguing that the fire was arson.

Almena's attorney, Tony Serra, repeatedly brought up instances in which fire, police and other officials toured the two-story building and never said anything about it posing a danger.

Investigators did not rule the fire arson and never determined the cause, but Acting Assistant Fire Marshall Maria Sabatini testified, "It most likely started with a fault or failure in the electrical system", CBS San Francisco reported.

An attorney for the leader of an artists' commune has broken down in tears after a jury said they couldn't agree whether to convict or acquit his client in a California warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers.

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