On August 15, 2012 Mr. Rickie Lee Fowler – the man who was accused of starting a fire in San Bernardino that led to 5 people to die from heart attacks – was convicted of five counts of first degree murder (PC 187) and two counts of arson (PC 451), and he faces the possibility of being sentenced to the death penalty in California. In addition, the death penalty phase of Mr. Folwer’s trial starts Monday, August 20, 2012.
This case is a tragedy for all concerned. We feel for the victims and their families, for they clearly have suffered.
However, this case is a clear example of why the death penalty must be abolished in California.
We have been San Bernardino homicide lawyers for over 30 years, and we have never seen a case where someone who lights a match is awaiting to be put to death.
How can any reasonable person believe that the defendant could have intended when he lit the match that these 5 men would die of heart attacks? Of course the defendant should be severely punished. However, to put this man to death is outrageous and barbaric, and the punishment of death clearly does not fit this crime.
Let us all pray that the jury refuses to return a punishment of death in this very sad case.
The San Bernardino homicide defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience defending clients facing murder charges in Southern California. If you or a loved one has been arrested for murder in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, or Los Angeles Counties, please call us at 888-280-6839. We’ll be there when you call.