In the News: Arsonist charged with murder for heart attack deaths
Rickie Lee Fowler has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder after after five men died from heart attacks during the 2003 San Bernadino wildfires. Supervising Deputy District Attorney Victor Strull contends that, even though the men did not die in the fire, their deaths were the direct result of Fowler setting the fire. Under the felony-murder rule, a defendant can be charged with murder when a victim dies during the commission of a felony. In this case, Fowler is charged with two felony counts of arson. If convicted, Fowler may face the death penalty.
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