When key witnesses die just before testifying, our “script” radar goes on alert…

Makes you go hmm. Raised eyebrows.

A key witness scheduled to testify this week in the involuntary manslaughter trial involving a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people has died in a car crash, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

Alameda County prosecutors had planned to call Robert Jacobitz to testify this week in the trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris, each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 2, 2016, fire in an Oakland warehouse during an unpermitted music concert.

Prosecutors say they turned the warehouse into an unsafe entertainment venue and residence.

Almena and Harris are certainly an unsettling pair of gentlemen who you might want to avoid crossing antagonistic paths with.

Harris, 29, and Almena, 49, are charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire during a illegal music party at the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave. in December 2016. It was the deadliest fire in Oakland history and in the United States since 2003.

I’d like to know more of the details of Jacobitz’s accident. Not all car accidents are created “equal” and…you know. This is a little odd. Jacobitz certainly had enough dirt to offer regarding Almena’s “shortcuts.”