Person of interest, Raymond Lee Oyler, will be charged with five counts of first-degree murder, 11 counts of arson and 10 counts of use of an incendiary device for his involvement in the Esperanza wildfire that killed initially four firefighters and then a fifth one who suffered from burns over 95% of his body. Investigators interviewed Raymond Lee Oyler on October 27, 2006 and served a search warrant on his Beaumont residence Monday. There is no reason why prosecutors should not seek the death penalty for the deaths of five heroic firefights. This was a deliberate act of arson, life in prison is too good for someone who would knowingly and willfully set fires that would affect so many people’s lives and cause death.
California authorities have recommended Raymond Lee Oyler be charged with murder, arson and other crimes in connection with the Esperanza wildfire that killed five firefighters.
Prosecutors will file the charges against Oyler in court Thursday, which will include five counts of first-degree murder, 11 counts of arson and 10 counts of use of an incendiary device. (Fox News)
Raymond Lee Oyler had been a suspect in two previous wild fires that were set over the summer.
Oyler, 37, of Beaumont, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson connected to several fires in the banning Pass area this spring. Until today he was considered a “person of interest” but not a suspect in the Esperanza Fire. He was interviewed on Friday and a search warrant was served on his home Monday. (Press Enterprise)
Pictutes of the devastation that was caused by arson.