Trial set in 100 nightclub deaths

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – A judge set a May 1 trial date for one of three men charged in a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people. Daniel Biechele, the former tour manager for the rock band Great White, faces 200 counts of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter. Authorities say he lighted the pyrotechnics display that ignited flammable foam that lined the ceiling and walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Biechele is being tried separately from club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who are also each charged with 200 counts of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter. No trial date has been set yet for the brothers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake If convicted, the three could face up to 30 years on each count. Michael Healey, a spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch, said the Derderians’ trial would not begin until after Biechele’s trial ends. A civil lawsuit is expected to go to trial after criminal trials are finished for all three defendants. last_img read more