Barry Damon Mallatere turned himself in at the Watauga Magistrate last spring. Friedman, speaking for Mallatere, talked first about his bonding out on the four counts, saying bond was set at $40,000. A press release from attorney Paul Culpepper Wednesday makes a case for blame not only on the firm hired to make changes to the pool heater that is being blamed in the deaths, but says the Town of Boone did inspect work at the Best Western and other hotels under the Appalachian Hospitality Management umbrella.