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Trial set in September for sailor accused in USS Bonhomme Richard Arson

A trial has been scheduled in September in the case of a San Diego-based Navy sailor accused of setting fireplace to the USS Bonhomme Richard.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A trial has been scheduled in September in the case of a San Diego-based Navy sailor accused of setting fireplace to the USS Bonhomme Richard, it was introduced Wednesday.

Seaman Ryan Sawyer Mays is charged with arson and willful hazarding of a vessel for allegedly setting the blaze that started July 12, 2020, and burned for a number of days whereas the warship was docked at Naval Base San Diego.

Prosecutors have alleged that Mays was “disgruntled” with the Navy after dropping out of the SEAL coaching program.

Mays has denied any function in the fireplace, although different sailors have testified to seeing him enter the ship’s “Lower V” space — the place investigators say the fireplace originated — simply previous to the blaze breaking out.

Vice Adm. Steve Koehler, the commander of the San Diego-based U.S. third Fleet, ordered final month that Mays ought to go to trial on the fees, although Mays’ protection attorneys say one other officer advisable towards the case continuing to trial.

That officer, Capt. Angela Tang, heard three days of proof throughout an Article 32 listening to final year in a Naval Base San Diego courtroom.

During the listening to, prosecutors alleged the blaze was sparked by somebody touching an open flame to an ignitable liquid utilized to tri-wall containers in the Lower V. Defense skilled witnesses challenged findings that the blaze was an incendiary — or deliberate — fireplace, and stated additional evaluation of the scene ought to have been accomplished earlier than investigators dominated out doable unintended causes of the blaze.

A Navy spokesman stated the trial is at the moment scheduled to final from Sept. 19 via Sept. 30.

WATCH RELATED: Sailor arraigned on fees related to USS Bonhomme Richard fireplace (March 2022)

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