Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends.
OAKLAND – In a bid to spring his client from jail, an attorney offered Friday to pony up his own money to house a defendant in the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in a sober living facility while awaiting trial.
The attorney, Curtis Briggs, made the offer on behalf of Max Harris during a bail motion hearing before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy. Harris, 28, and co-defendant Derick Almena, 48, are former warehouse tenants who each have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of 36 people who perished in a huge fire during a dance party the night of Dec 2, 2016, at the East Oakland arts collective known as the Ghost Ship.
Attorneys for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, an admitted San Francisco gang leader implicated in a federal indictment that also includes state Sen. Leland Yee, argued Thursday that Chow is a changed man since his release from prison a decade ago and has committed no new crimes.