Report: GREAT WHITE Tour Manager, Club Owners Indicted In Rhode Island Fire

The owners of the nightclub where 100 people were killed in a fire last February were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges Tuesday (Dec. 9) along with the tour manager for the hard rock band GREAT WHITE whose pyrotechnics ignited the blaze, according to the Associated Press.

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.

All three men pleaded innocent during an arraignment in which bail was also set.

Members of GREAT WHITE, who have been named in several civil suits, were not charged by the grand jury.

The band's guitarist, Ty Longley, was among those killed the fire.

GREAT WHITE recently wrapped up a five-month tour to raise money for fire victims. The band raised just under $64,000, but their tour was criticized by family members of victims who blamed the band for the fire and said the tour was self-serving.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).