Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Three Indicted in R.I. Nightclub Fire

By BROOKE DONALD, Associated Press Writer

WARWICK, R.I. - The owners of the nightclub where 100 people were killed in a fire last February were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges Tuesday along with the tour manager for the heavy metal band whose pyrotechnics ignited the blaze.

Club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Great White tour manager Dan Biechele were each charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter — two for each death.

Jeffrey Derderian and Biechele pleaded innocent to the charges Tuesday during an arraignment. Michael Derderian was in court awaiting arraignment.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch planned to meet with reporters later Tuesday to comment on the indictments. He was not available for immediate comment.

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