OAKLAND (CelebrityAccess) — The judge overseeing the Ghost Ship Fire trial has started proceedings that could result in contempt charges against at least two jurors after three were removed from the case.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, presiding judge Trina Johnson indicated the jurors were removed over potential material or communications outside the scope of deliberations.
Jury deliberations in the case had been underway for two weeks and the replacement of the three jurors leaves just one alternate juror left in the event that future juror replacements are needed.
The issue with jurors is the latest twist in the prosecution of Derick Almena and Max Harris, who are each facing 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter following the deadly Ghost Ship fire that occurred at an unlicensed music venue in Oakland in 2016.
Almena, 49, initially rented the warehouse that would become the Ghost Ship for building theatrical sets but later sublet the property to artists who filled the space with highly flammable furniture and artifacts.
Harris, who is 29, is alleged to have played a role in converting the warehouse and organizing raves and other events in the space.