Lawyers close in fire chief ’s trial

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — As­so­ci­ated Press

A pros­e­cu­tor says for­mer Cal­i­for­nia fire Bat­tal­ion Chief Orville Flem­ing was trained to save lives, but wound up tak­ing one in­stead.

Flem­ing was 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.

Pros­e­cu­tor Noah Phillips said Flem­ing was a first-re­spon­der “turned wicked” in the slay­ing of 26-year-old Sarah June Dou­glas.

De­fense at­tor­ney Peter Kmeto said 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.

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

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