Witness: Sailor was in area where fire started on US warship
CORRECTS RANK TO SEAMAN INSTEAD OF SEAMAN APPRENTICE - Navy Seaman Ryan Sawyer Mays arrives for a hearing at Naval Base San Diego, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in San Diego. The Navy is set to hold a hearing to review whether there is enough evidence to order a court martial for a San Diego-based sailor charged with setting the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in the summer of 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Posted at 8:55 PM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 00:03:10-05
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A key witness in the Navy’s case against a sailor accused of setting the fire that destroyed a U.S. warship last year in San Diego has testified he saw the suspect near the blaze's ignition point.
Ryan Mays is the suspect and was back in a military courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to determine if he will stand trial.
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Navy prosecutors accused him of setting it because he was disgruntled after dropping out of Navy SEAL training.
Petty Officer Kenji Velasco testified he saw Mays in the storage area where the fire began. Mays denies lighting the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard in July 2020.
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