Owners declined insurance company exam after fatal fire

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Court records show a property owner recently charged with murder and aggravated arson declined to cooperate with an insurance company investigation of his claim for a house fire that resulted in an Ohio firefighter’s death nearly a year ago.

An attorney for Lester Parker and his wife Bertha wrote to Cincinnati Insurance Company in May the Parkers were exercising their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and wouldn’t submit to examinations. The letter was reportedly in response to requests by the insurance company.READ MORE: Arrest made in arson that killed Hamilton firefighter

A Butler County judge in July ruled the insurance company would not have to pay the Parkers anything for the fire in Hamilton.

Parker, 66, pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman died fighting the fire.READ MORE: Suspect pleads not guilty to charges in fire that killed Hamilton firefighter

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