Ghost Ship Trial: DA reacts to today’s verdicts

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OAKLAND (KRON) – Watch District Attorney Chief Assistant Kevin Dunleavy react to today’s verdicts.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office says they will now reevaluate the case and decide the next steps in Derick Almena’s case.

Defendant Max Harris was acquitted Thursday on all counts in the Oakland Ghost Ship Trial, while jurors were deadlocked on a verdict for the second defendant Derick Almena.

The two men were accused in the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people in December of 2016.

The jury was deadlocked 10-2, with the majority favoring a guilty verdict for Almena, causing a mistrial.

Almena, 49, and Harris, 29, were each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter — one for each person killed in the warehouse fire. 

The trial began in April.

Thursday’s announcement marks an end to the months-long trial.

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