Students from Beaver Dam High School filled a courtroom in Juneau Friday morning for the initial appearance of a man facing charges related to a fire that killed a teenager last weekend.
Jose J. Hernandez, 21, of Cambria, was taken into custody after the fire Saturday at N7253 Forest Road in the Maple Grove Trailer Court that killed 18-year-old Victor Manuel Aguilar-Bustamante.
Hernandez was charged in Dodge County Circuit Court Wednesday on eight misdemeanor counts in connection with the fire in the Town of Calamus. A judge Friday ordered Hernandez held on $60,000 bond. He's also ordered to stay away from the victim's family and Beaver Dam High School.
Hernandez is scheduled to appear in court again May 13. A trial is expected to start in June.
According to the criminal complaint, Hernandez went to the mobile home to retrieve a car but it was locked. He forcibly entered the trailer, beat Aguilar-Bustamante and took the car keys, the complaint stated. Police believe he later lit matches to look for his cellphone and threw the burned out matches on the floor.
Hernandez was charged on suspicion of disorderly conduct, two counts of criminal damage to property, two counts of criminal trespass, misdemeanor battery, negligent handling of burning material and misdemeanor theft.
Aguilar-Bustamante died of carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said.
In a news release Wednesday, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the fire marshal, DCI, and the Dodge County Medical Examiner. Additional charges could be requested as new information becomes available, the sheriff said.