Trial begins for Clarkston man accused of killing his friend
ASOTIN, WA —
In 2015 Melvin O'Rourke was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. after an incident that left Duane Hettinger shot and dead.
July 30th of that year... Police were dispatched to a call in the 800 block of fifth street in Clarkston. O'Rourke called 911 saying he had just shot an intruder that was robbing his house.
According to the affidavit of probable cause when officers arrived on scene they found Hettinger's body resting up against the inside of the front door of the apartment with bullet wounds in the chest and right arm.
When law enforcement began questioning O'Rourke they stated, he provided several different versions as to what had occurred.
He said he and Hettinger along with two others had been outside drinking earlier in the night. Then later Hettinger retuned, entered his home, took a step towards him.
O'Rourke said he felt threatened so he fired the gun, still feeling threatened he fired the gun second time.
Detectives stated that the blood evidence did not match his story. Court documents show that O'Rourke then changed his version of events to better match the evidence.
He also admitted that Hettinger had lived with him previously, and that they had been in a significant relationship.
The trial begins tomorrow (Tuesday) and is expected to last through the end of the week. If convicted O'Rourke could be facing a maximum penalty of life in prison.