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.