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Oakland Warehouse Fire Defendant Appears Briefly In Court

(AP) - A second man charged in connection with a fire in an illegally converted warehouse that killed 36 people appeared briefly in court for the first time since his arrest.

The 27-year-old Max Harris didn't enter a plea Monday in Alameda County Superior Court. He was ordered back to court Thursday at the same time as 47-year-old Derick Almena is scheduled to be arraigned.

The East Bay Times reported Monday that his public defender declined comment outside court.

The two are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Dec. 2 fire in Oakland. Almena's legal team says others are to blame for the fire and deaths, including an electrical utility and the fire department.

Both men were arrested June 5 and remain in jail with bail set at a little more than $1 million each.


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