Prosecutor: CalFire chief was 'wicked' in girlfriend's death

Jun 22, 2015 7:53 PM by News Staff

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 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.

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