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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Murder, Arson Charged in 2003 California Wildfire"

The A.P. story can be found in the New York Times.  The lead:

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Almost six years after a wildfire destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Southern California, prosecutors say they have enough evidence to charge a prison inmate with arson and murder in connection with the 2003 blaze.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos said Tuesday that a special criminal grand jury indicted Rickie Lee Fowler, a 28-year-old prison inmate, on arson and murder charges in connection to the wildfire that has been linked to five heart attack deaths.

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