Father of two children killed in Rancho Bernardo house fire pleads not guilty Posted: December 21, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of drinking himself to sleep and passing out with a lit cigarette, causing a fire in Rancho Bernardo that killed his two children, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of child endangerment causing death, reckless fire starting causing great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter.Henry Lopez, who was seriously injured in the Oct. 28 blaze, was charged on Wednesday and surrendered to authorities this morning.He faces 14 years in state prison if convicted.Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley asked for Lopez to be held on $1 million bail, but Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren allowed the defendant to remain free on supervised release. He will be required to wear an alcohol- monitoring bracelet while he’s out of custody.Witnesses spotted flames coming from the second-story of a condominium on Bernardo Terrace about 3:20 a.m. and dialed 911.Firefighters arrived within minutes and found 7-year-old Isabella Lopez and 10-year-old Cristos Lopez upstairs with their father. Both children died later at a hospital.Lopez was legally separated from his wife but the estranged couple owned the home together.According to court documents, Lopez threatened to burn the residence down during a conversation about selling the condo and finalizing their divorce.He will be back in court Jan. 18 for a readiness conference and Feb. 27 for a preliminary hearing. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:25 AM December 21, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Court, Rancho Bernardo FacebookTwitter
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and four other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, accused of violating prohibitory orders here and obstructing public servants in discharge of their duty during an agitation were on Monday directed to appear before a Delhi court on May 15.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain was irked that Kejriwal and other accused had not appeared before it even on the last date of hearing and said there was “no justifiable ground” for their exemption from personal appearance. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAdvocate Rishikesh Kumar, who appeared for the accused, assured the court that Kejriwal, Sisodia and other accused would positively appear before it on Tuesday.“Kindly give us time for tomorrow (Tuesday). They (accused) all will appear. I am giving undertaking that they will appear before the court tomorrow,” the counsel said.“It has been submitted that accused number one (Kejriwal) and accused number two (Sisodia) are Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and remaining accused persons are senior members of the AAP and could not appear on Monday due to their busy schedule. Perusal of the records shows that accused persons did not appear on the last date of hearing,” the court said.“No justifiable grounds for exemption are made out….Put up for appearance of accused persons and arguments on charge on May 15,” the magistrate said.