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His defense team's publicist, Kali Mari-Bowyer, provided some of the page layouts and Almena's introduction to I-Team Reporter Dan Noyes. They've been pleased by what they see as our fair coverage of the tragedy. Caution for Almena's graphic depiction of his days at Dublin's Santa Rita Jail and some profanity. Almena writes that he is innocent and has faced "endless threats of violence against me and my family" while in custody.
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Almena's trial is set for July 17th. He and co-defendant Max Harris turned down a settlement offer from prosecutors this week. They face 36 counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, one for each of the people who died in the blaze December 2, 2016.
You can see many of Almena's drawings in the video above.
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Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena writes that he is innocent and has faced "endless threats of violence against me and my family" in new book featuring jail cell drawings. #ABC7now pic.twitter.com/JDvp3C5qjf— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) June 15, 2018