James Kurtenbach was underwater on a property and allegedly decided to burn his way out. Why he would kill a loyal employee in the process is not clear:
A Ramona gas-station owner accused of murder and arson once told a witness he wished his rental house had burned down during the Witch Creek fire in 2007, a prosecutor said Monday.
On Halloween, an explosion and fire destroyed the Ramona home and killed a gas-station employee.
James Kurtenbach, 47, of Poway, pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple felonies, including second-degree murder, arson for financial gain, and arson causing great bodily injury.
Joseph Nesheiwat, 24, was found Oct. 31, critically injured in the backyard of the vacant house after the explosion. He died of massive burns and smoke inhalation, Deputy District Attorney Fiona Khalil said in El Cajon Superior Court.
Kurtenbach “purposely sent a trusted employee to his death,” Khalil said.
Earlier press reports said that Nesheiwat was "like a son" to Kurtenbach. The lesson here is that Greenspan's bubble is thicker than blood.
Greenspan's (named) Body Count now stands at sixty-seven:
Dallas Dwayne Carter
Lt. Michael Howe
Palmer C. White
Dianne Pittman White
Edwin F. Rachleff
Scott M. Coles
Dawn E. Armstrong
Jonathon Calvin "40-Cal" Jacques
Little Boy X
Little Girl X
Rufus Shaw Jr.
Lynn Flint Shaw