Judge Dismisses Case Against Fugitive in Bowling Green Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a warrant and indictment against a fugitive wanted in connection with a fatal fire at a Bowling Green hotel 17 years ago.

At the request of prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell officially ended the quest to bring Dave Sharma to Kentucky to face charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a Howard Johnson's and killed four people.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Ream requested the dismissal, saying a case can't be proven after nearly two decades.

Sharma was co-owner of the hotel along with his brother-in-law, Shuresh Kumar of Nashville, Tenn. Kumar and a maintenance worker, Joe A. Logan, were convicted of conspiracy and arson resulting in a death and sentenced to life in federal prison.

Sharma fled the country in 1996.

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