The charges against Raymond Lee Oyler just got a bit more difficult for him to explain. A car linked to Oyler was spotted near at least 10 other arsons. Yesterday, Raymond Lee Oyler was charged with murder and arson by prosecutors as they stated “the evidence against him as overwhelming”, but they have not provided details.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A car linked to a man charged with setting a wildfire that killed five firefighters was spotted near at least 10 other arsons, an official involved in the investigation said Friday.
Cameras secretly placed atop utility poles in remote areas captured details of a car registered to a man who said he had sold it to Raymond Lee Oyler months ago, said the official, who requested anonymity because the case was continuing.
The official said detectives then began investigating Oyler for a string of arsons and found evidence linking him to last week’s deadly fire. The cameras did not catch Oyler setting that fire, the official said.
Raymond Lee Oyler has pleased not guilty to all charges and proclaims his innocence. However, it is certainly not looking good for Oyler. If guilty Oyler could get either life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Oyler has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder, 11 counts of arson and 10 counts of use of an incendiary device. The charges include seven fires in June, one in July, one in September and two in October.
Oyler, who is being held without bail, “adamantly denies involvement in this fire and in any of these fires,” his attorney Mark McDonald said outside court Thursday. “He’s very distraught and scared. … The finger is pointing at him.”