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Attorney Tom Hallett is featured on NBC WCSH 6 news on July 10th, where he commented on the Gregory Nisbet Indictment for Manslaughter and his representation of a family in the wrongful death matter

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A grand jury indicted the landlord of 20 Noyes St. for six counts of manslaughter and four criminal violations of the Life Safety Code, stemming from a fire where six people died.

The Nov. 1, 2014 fire on Noyes Street was the deadliest fire in Portland in 40 years. Police said that the building owner, Gregory Nisbet, did not keep the residence up to code, including fire exits. The fire was accidental, and started by an improperly disposed smoking material on the porch. Prosecutors argued the Nisbet has some responsibility for the deaths, and the grand jury...

The fire occurred after a Halloween party at the duplex. Three of the victims were tenants in the house. David Bragdon Jr. was 27 years old and worked at the nearby pub the Great Lost Bear. His father described him as being charming, kind, and a lover of music. Wedding photographer Ashley Thomas is remembered as being a devoted friend and dog lover. Nikki Finlay was Thomas's best friend. Finlay, 26, worked at Greenlight Studio, a cafe in Portland and is described as exuding lightness and joy.

Some of the victims slept over at the home after the party. Twenty-five-year-old Chris Conlee was also called "Miles" for "Miles O' Smiles" and lived on Oakdale Street in Portland. Maelisha Jackson, 23, worked at Reny's on Congress in Portland and friends described her as loyal. Steven Summers, 29, lived in Rockland and left behind a wife and two children.

"This is a tragedy, obviously, of untold proportion. The criminal side of it is not going to bring anyone any real peace. With that said, accountability is really important," said Tom Hallett, Ashley Summers lawyer. She was married to Steven Summers.

The State Fire Marshal's office led an exhaustive investigation to finally reach the accidental ruling, bringing in the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms, conducting fire modeling and reverse engineering, and interviewing dozens of witnesses.

The fire has started a larger conversation in the city about tenants rights and tenant safety at the many rental apartments and homes around the Portland area.

The law firm of Hallett, Zerillo, and Whipple, P.A. are Maine attorneys representing clients who have been seriously injured, accused of crimes in state and federal court, have business litigation needs or family law and divorce cases. Various attorneys in the firm have been locally and nationally recognized for their achievements, including admission into New England Super Lawyers, the Client's Choice Award from AVVO.com, and the President's Award from the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For more information on the firm, please visit www.HZWlaw.com.

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