An Otsego County man is under indictment for murder in the arson fire that claimed the life of a former Oneonta volunteer firefighter.

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Gabriel Truitt is charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count each of first degree murder and arson in the December fire that killed 38-year-old John Heller as he saved his fiancé and four children from the burning apartment building on Walling Avenue in Oneonta.

Truitt’s brother, 34-year-old Terrance Truitt, had been arrested January 2 and charged with arson in the deadly December 29th fire but officials later concluded he did not set the fire.  He was released in February.



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