Warehouse fire defendants to face trial in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The two men charged with involuntary manslaughter for the 2016 warehouse blaze that killed three dozen partygoers will face trial in Oakland early next year, their lawyers said Monday.

Derick Almena, 48, and Max Harris, 28, each pleaded no contest to 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter before a judge vetoed a plea deal worked out with prosecutors. Judge James Cramer rejected the deal after he ruled that Almena didn’t show sufficient remorse during a two-day...

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