On Monday, jurors inquired about two audio recordings, which were played earlier in the trial, according to court records. They specifically asked about "the issue of `intent to start fire vs. playing around."'
But whether they were requesting that the recordings be replayed or just asked which transcript contained that information is unclear.
Both attorneys, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Robert Bulloch and defense attorney Donald Jordan, said they preferred not to talk to reporters while the trial was still happening, and the courtroom clerk was unavailable for questioning.
Fowler, 30, of San Bernardino is suspected of starting the 2003 Old Fire that burned more than 91,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 structures after starting on Oct. 25, 2003. The fire cost nearly $38 million.
He has been charged with five counts of murder and special circumstances, which allow prosecutors to pursue the death penalty if he is convicted.
Prosecutors say five residents in burn areas died from heart attacks that were caused by the stress of evacuation and threats to homes and belongings.
Throughout the investigation, Fowler has maintained his innocence. He said he was present when the Old Fire was started - and that it was his intention to light the fire - but someone else ignited it.
"I had the flare in my hand. (Martin Valdez Jr.) took it from me and struck it and tossed it off to the side," Fowler told U.S. Forest Service special agents in 2008.
That interview was played for the jury on July 17.
At the beginning of the trial, Bulloch said Fowler deliberately set the fire because he was angry and wanted revenge on his godfather John Aylward.
Originally, Fowler wanted to rob Aylward, Bulloch said, but set the fire instead.
"I was out of the van (with Valdez Jr.). I got the flare out. I'm the one that said "let's burn my godfather's house down,"' Fowler said later in the 2008 interview with forest agents.
But Jordan has argued that his client is not guilty and that his client falsely confessed to the high-profile crimes for notoriety.
"I know I didn't light the fire and I know there is no circumstantial evidence to prove that I did so," Fowler told sheriff's deputies during a 2004 interview.
"It was started, but it wasn't meant to start the way it started. OK, it was lit with intent but not intent to burn a mountain down. It wasn't lit to go ahead and burn (stuff) down."
That recorded interview was played for jurors on July 31. Several other recordings were played throughout the trial.
Jurors had a short day on Tuesday. They assembled about 9:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Superior Courthouse and ended deliberations about two hours later.
They are expected to return today.
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