Otsego County Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Arson in Oneonta
An Otsego County man is under indictment for murder in the arson fire that claimed the life of a former Oneonta volunteer firefighter.
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.