Thirty mile fire trial likely to start Monday - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Thirty mile fire trial likely to start Monday

Ellreese Daniels (Center) Ellreese Daniels (Center)

SPOKANE, Wash. - The trial for a crew boss charged in connection with the deaths of four firefighters in 2001 will likely get underway Monday.

Crew boss Ellreese Daniels, 47, is facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter and seven counts of making false statements following the Thirtymile Fire near Wenatchee in July 2001.

Daniels appeared in court Tuesday for the final pre-trial conference, during which the prosecution revealed their intent to call family members of the victims to the stand. The defense says they do not see the relevance in doing so and stated they will be revisiting the issue in their pre-trial briefing.

It was also decided today that council members will visit the site of the wildfire and based on the judge's review, jurors may or may not be allowed to visit the site. The defense believes a visit by the jurors to the site is crucial.
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