NEW EVIDENCE PROMPTS D.A. TO FREE TRUITT

NEW EVIDENCE

PROMPTS D.A.

TO FREE TRUITT

Unnamed New Suspect Is Sought

In Hero’s Death In Oneonta Fire

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

District Attorney John Muehl said that new evidence suggests that Terrence Truitt did not set the fire that killed firefighter John Heller, (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – New evidence obtained by Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl has suggested that Terrence Truitt did not set the fatal fire that killed former Oneonta firefighter John D. Heller.

Muehl said that he plans to ask the courts to release Truitt from the Otsego County Jail this afternoon.

“Our investigation has revealed additional evidence that ethically requires him to be released,” said Muehl.

The arson charges, however, will not be dropped, according to Muehl.

The investigation is continuing and other suspects are being looked into, according to Muehl. Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner said that Truitt’s brother, Gabriel Truitt, is still a “person of interest,” but that they have been unable to locate him at this time.

Should another suspect be identified, Muehl said, a grand jury will be convened. Should the grand jury indict, a warrant will be issued for the suspect’s arrest.

 


2 thoughts on “NEW EVIDENCE PROMPTS D.A. TO FREE TRUITT

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    When the full weight of the state is bearing down upon you it can be difficult to stick to your principles.

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