While Stephanie Douglas, her mother Trudy and cousin Barbara try to remember Sarah Douglas in happier times, it’s not hard to think about how the 26-year-old’s life came to a violent end.
The jury in the trial of Orville Fleming has found the disgraced Cal Fire battalion chief guilty of second-degree murder.
Closing arguments begin this morning — in the murder trial of former Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming.
Before Orville Fleming took the stand again, a defense psychologist testified that he believes the former Cal Fire chief suffered an episode of something called dissociative amnesia, some nicknaming it a zombie defense.
Even though Orville Fleming’s attorney was willing to allow his client to admit he stabbed and strangled Sarah Douglas, they’re focused on calling his frame of mind into question. Depending on what the jury believes, it could mean a big difference.
Sarah Douglas was found stabbed to death on May 1, 2014, launching a massive manhunt stretching across the state. Orville Fleming was found two weeks later hiding in bushes near where his truck was found previously.
The former Cal Fire battalion chief accused of murdering his fiancée will stand trial for the crime.
The former Cal Fire chief accused of murder has entered a “not guilty” plea at a hearing Monday.
The report, which is so far unsubstantiated, arose during the manhunt for Orville Fleming, a former state battalion chief and training officer who was arrested in connection with the death of the woman, a former escort who became his girlfriend.
A former Cal Fire battalion chief who allegedly killed his fiancee did not enter a plea in court on his second appearance before a judge on Tuesday. Instead, the murder case was continued until early July.
Fleming, 55, had been on the run since May 1. Authorities accuse Fleming of brutally murdering his 26-year-old girlfriend Sarah Jane Douglas at a home the two shared in Elk Grove. Douglas was found brutally murdered and left face down on the floor, her family told CBS13.
Family and friends gathered to remember a young mother who was brutally murdered, allegedly at the hands of her fire chief fiance.