Prosecutors may have witness in Hamilton firefighter death case

HAMILTON, Ohio – Prosecutors may have a witness that will testify to seeing the accused arsonist where Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman died  in 2015, the Journal-News reported Tuesday.

A motion filed by the attorney for William “Billy” Tucker asks Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens to grant a jury view of the scene of the fatal fire at 1310 Pater Ave. In the motion, attorney Tamara Sack said the “State’s witness alleges the defendant (Tucker) left the vehicle and headed on foot to the 1310 Pater Ave. location."

Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Kentucky, is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire at his uncle’s home. Prosecutors say the uncle, 66-year-old Lester Parker, solicited Tucker to light the fire. Parker faces the same charges.

A three-week trial for both Tucker and Parker is scheduled to begin Nov. 6.

Wolterman died when he fell through the first floor while fighting the blaze on Dec. 28, 2015.

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