- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A prosecutor says former California fire battalion chief Orville Fleming was trained to save lives, but wound up taking one instead.

Fleming is charged with murder after his girlfriend was found dead in their south Sacramento home last year.

A Sacramento County jury heard closing arguments Monday after a week of testimony.

The Sacramento Bee (https://bit.ly/1Gw4xvV ) reports that prosecutor Noah Phillips says Fleming was a first-responder “turned wicked” in the slaying of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas.

Defense attorney Peter Kmeto says Fleming acted in the heat of passion. He is seeking a manslaughter verdict.

Fleming taught at the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s training academy. He turns 57 Tuesday.

His arrest triggered an investigation that led to discipline against 16 academy employees, including for cheating and drinking on duty.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide