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Preliminary Trial Set To Begin For The Two Men Who Started Caldor Fire


The Caldor Fire was one of the most devastating wildfires in Northern California’s history. According to KCRA3, the fire was started when a projectile was launched from a gun, hitting a tree, thus leading to a fire that spread 346 square miles before being extinguished. That’s a certified American moment right there. Over one thousand buildings were destroyed, and the Sierra-At-Tahoe ski resort was severely damaged by the wildfire.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that David Smith and Travis Smith will be making a preliminary examination appearance in Placerville court on October 11th. They are facing several charges, with each of them facing three felonies. Travis Smith is facing two more felonies: “one each for possession of a silencer and a machine gun conversion.” David Smith is facing an additional felony charge for having a silencer.

The preliminary hearing is described by the Department of Justice as a mini-trial. Witnesses are called by the prosecution for testimony, and the defense can cross-examine them. Evidence can also be introduced by the prosecution. The preliminary trial is for a judge to determine whether the probable cause can be found in a criminal trial. If the judge approves a trial will begin. If not, the charges against the defendant could be dismissed. Based on the circumstances, this looks like it will be heading to a criminal trial.

Image/Video Credits: Sierra-At-Tahoe

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