Man accused in fire at party that killed 36 freed over virus

A jury deadlocked on charges last year, and he faces a new trial in July.

Posted: May 4, 2020 8:11 PM

DUBLIN, Calif. - A man facing a second trial after a fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse has been released from jail over coronavirus concerns.

Derick Almena is accused of illegally converting the industrial building into a cluttered artists enclave with no fire alarms and few exits. He's charged with involuntary manslaughter after a fire swept through a party in December 2016.

A jury deadlocked on charges last year, and he faces a new trial in July.

Almena was released Monday and will be under electronic monitoring.

The jail where he was held has at least 35 confirmed cases of the virus.

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