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Man accused in arson death of former Oneonta firefighter fires attorney

In May, Gabriel Truitt was offered a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 12:17 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Gabriel Truitt, the man accused in the arson death of a former Oneonta firefighter, has fired his attorney and now has a public defender representing him.

His new attorney is not prepared to comment as he just got the case.

In May, Truitt was offered a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder – in the December arson death of former Oneonta firefighter John Heller.

Heller died while trying to get his relatives out of the house while it was on fire.

Truitt is due to answer to that plea offer Friday.

The Heller family told WKTV crews they were too upset to comment.

The district attorney has since requested the highest bail ever for Otsego County – $1 million cash or $2 million bond.

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