After a nearly 10-month investigation, a Rhode Island grand jury yesterday issued criminal indictments as a result of the Feb. 20 fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., that killed 100 p

After a nearly 10-month investigation, a Rhode Island grand jury yesterday issued criminal indictments as a result of the Feb. 20 fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., that killed 100 people and injured about 200 others during a performance by Great White.

Former Great White tour manager Dan Biechele and Station owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian each faced 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter with criminal negligence and 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in violation of a misdemeanor.

The three were arraigned in Kent County Superior Court in Warwick; all pleaded innocent. Bail was set at $50,000 each for the Derderians and $100,000 for Biechele, who lives in Florida.

The Great White band members were not charged.

"Obviously, we're pleased that none of the bandmembers were indicted, and from the beginning we didn't think that would be appropriate," Ed McPherson, attorney for Great White, tells Bulletin. "We're also saddened that Dan Biechele was indicted for the small part he played in this horrible tragedy."

The grand jury's investigation was conducted independently of numerous lawsuits filed at the state and federal levels, many of which name the band. The civil actions are estimated to be seeking more than $1 billion in total.

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