February trial set for Ohio man charged in firefighter’s death

HAMILTON, Ohio – A judge has scheduled an Ohio homeowner’s murder trial for Feb. 21 in the death of a firefighter last year.

Lester Parker has pleaded not guilty in the death of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman (WOHL’-tur-man). Butler County Judge Greg Stephens on Thursday ordered that he remain held on $500,000 bond.

The 66-year-old Parker appeared with his newly appointed lawyer, David Washington, of Hamilton.

Wolterman died after crashing through a floor-Dec. 28 while responding to a fire in the house. The fire was later ruled an arson, and Parker was recently accused of murder and aggravated arson charges.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports fellow firefighters were back in the courtroom Thursday and said they maintained a presence at the upcoming procedures.

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