Men Charged in Oakland Warehouse Fire Face April Trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two men who face criminal charges for a warehouse fire that killed 36 people were ordered Monday to stand trial on April 2. Retired Alameda County judge Vernon Nakahara was also assigned to preside over the trial during the same hearing in Oakland. Derick Almena, 48, and Max Harris, 28, are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 5, 2016 fire. A judge earlier scuttled a plea deal between the men and the Alameda County district attorney's office after several relatives of the victims opposed the proposed prison sentences as too lenient.