At 1:30 pm Pacific today, the preliminary hearing for Professor Patrick Harran on charges relating to the death of Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji at UCLA began. C&EN reporters Jyllian Kemsley and Michael Torrice were there to cover it. A more detailed report is coming from Dr. Kemsley -- watch The Safety Zone for an update (expected Monday AM.) Here are the relevant Tweets:
#SheriSangji hearing today: DA called fire dept investigator, burn doc, pathologist. Hearing resumes Mon 1:30 pm PST
[as to which fire department investigator was called to testify] checked notes: City of LA fire dept arson investigatorIt is my understanding that a preliminary hearing is used to determine the quality and quantity of the prosecution's evidence and that we're not likely to hear much from the defense. It will be interesting to see if Drs. Kemsley and Torrice will report any probing questions from Professor Harran's defense team.