Indictment for man charged in huge Sacramento area fire

Dec 15, 2014 6:43 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man previously charged with deliberately starting a huge Northern California wildfire that burned a dozen homes has now been indicted by a grand jury.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced that 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was indicted Monday on one count of arson of forest land, with multiple aggravating factors.

His attorney, Bob Banning, did not return telephone and email messages.

Huntsman's bail remains at $10 million until his next court appearance on Jan. 23. Huntsman pleaded not guilty, as he did to a similar complaint in September.

The indictment charges that he "willfully, unlawfully, and maliciously" set what developed into the King Fire. The blaze burned more than 150 square miles east of Sacramento and forced thousands of evacuations.

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