Orville Fleming, Former Cal Fire Battalion Chief, Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

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SACRAMENTO–

Former Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming was calm and stoic in court Wednesday as the judge read the verdict. Fleming was found guilty of second-degree murder.

Fleming previously admitted to killing girlfriend Sara Douglas last year; stabbing and strangling her after a fight.

Douglas’ mother Trudie Werly was crying in the courtroom, but expressed her relief on her way out.

“My baby can rest, my baby can rest, he cannot hurt nobody,” said Werly.

The jury took less than three days to deliberate whether the crime was manslaughter, first- or second-degree murder.

Werly says it was not easy seeing Fleming in court.

“It goes from anger to it’s just a sad, sad story. It’s just sad,” Werly said.

The defense argued Fleming was provoked by Douglas and killed her in the heat of the moment.

Prosecutors said it was murder; that he is a “first responder turned wicked.”

The trial lasted less than four days.

Douglas’ family thanked the jury and thanked prosecutor Noah Phillips.

Phillips had no comment on his way out of court.

Fleming faces 16 years to life. Sentencing is scheduled for July 31st at 9am.

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