State Turns Over Evidence To Defense Lawyers In Station Nightclub Case

Lawyers for those charged in connection with a nightclub fire that killed 100 people were given on Friday boxes of evidence the state has compiled as it prepares to prosecute their clients.


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The Incident
First-In: Heroic Rescues
Death Toll Rises to 97
At Least 96 Dead in Inferno
Rescuers Struggle with Horror
Fire, Smoke Turns Club Into Hell
Discuss the Warwick Tragedy

The Aftermath
FBI Agent to Review Corruption Allegations
Group To Fundraise For Memorial
Two Dozen Defendants Added
R.I. To Release More Tapes
Judge: 911 Calls 'Secret'
Lawsuit From Nightclub Fire Filed
Consultants Fault Lack Of Planning
Judge: Evidence Will Be Preserved
Gag Order Sought in Club Fire
Changes to Safety Laws Since Fire
Few Changes After Club Blaze
Web Site Comforts RI Patients
RI Gov. Orders Strict Inspections
2 Families Sue in RI Club Blaze
RI Nightclub Claims May Total $1B
RI Nightclub Death Toll Rises to 98
Victims Face Long Recovery
All But 4 Victims ID'd
Thousands Mourn Victims
IDs Could Take Days
Family, Friends Search
9/11 Widow Reflects
Survivors Recall Heroic Acts

The Investigation
Patron Capacity Unclear in RI Fire
Band Member Testifies
RI Reports Don't Mention Foam
Fire Inspector Report Released
Post-9/11 Drills Aid Club Rescue
Federal Team Launches Probe
Grand Jury Begins Probe
Brannigan: Inspectors Ready?
Investigation Ramps Up
Investigators Check Soundproof
Pyrotechnics Examined in Clubs
Disasters Prompt Inspections
Sprinklers Not Required
Nightclub Up to Code Before Fire
Town Withholds Records
RI Begins Inspections
No Warning of Pyro Use
Pyrotechnics Usually Safe
Atty: RI Club Rep. OK'd Pyrotech.
Fire Challenges State Atty. Gen.
IDs Weighed Heavy on Dentists
FEMA Denies Disaster Aid for Fire

Photos & Video
IBS Scene SlideShow
ABC: The Fire Starts
WJAR Video Feedroom

History of Tragedies
Carter: History Strikes Again
Fire, Life Safety Laws in Front
Tragedy Recalls Cocoanut Grove
Worst Club Tragedies
Nightclub Disasters Too Familiar
List: Worst Club Tragedies

Related Sites
West Warwick Fire Department
Warwick Fire Department
FH Network: Rhode Island
Providence Journal Coverage

The evidence exchange is part of an ongoing sharing of materials in the criminal case against nightclub owners Jeffrey and Michael Derdieran and Daniel Biechele, the former tour manager of the band that was playing at The Station the night of the blaze.

Lawyers for the Derderians, Biechele and the state appeared in Superior Court Friday to receive the evidence, and discuss testing the state wants to perform on materials seized from the club.

Kathleen Hagerty, who represents Michael Derderian, also asked for attendance records for the grand jury that indicted the brothers and Biechele, and recordings of the brothers' appearance before the West Warwick Town Council.

The club was located in West Warwick.

Judge Francis Darigan granted both requests. It was not immediately clear when those items would be shared, or if West Warwick would fight the request.

The Derderians and Biechele face involuntary manslaughter charges for the Feb. 20, 2003 fire, which also injured more than 200 people. The blaze started after the band's pyrotechnic display ignited highly flammable foam used around the stage as soundproofing.