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Arsonist's relative surrenders

August 22, 2009|David Kelly

The brother-in-law of convicted arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler, who was sentenced to death in June for setting the Esperanza fire in 2006 that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters, surrendered to authorities Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on seven charges of jury tampering.

Christopher Vaughn Hill, 46, gave himself up to Corona police after fleeing investigators who arrived at his Hesperia home with a search warrant earlier this month.

The Riverside County district attorney's office said that during Oyler's trial in February, Hill had put photocopies of a newspaper article on jurors' cars. The article dealt with evidence defense attorneys wanted to introduce about another arsonist who set fires about the same time as Oyler.

-- David Kelly

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