Fiegehen Found Guilty By Jury

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Carson City man who told jurors he is not a killer was convicted Tuesday of killing his ex-girlfriend's stepfather and wounding her mother.

A Douglas County jury late Friday found Christopher Fiegehen, 24, guilty of murder, attempted murder, burglary and home invasion following a three week trial.

Fiegehen faces up to life in prison when sentenced at a later day.

Jurors deliberated for about five hours Monday before recessing for the night. When they returned Tuesday, they asked to have Fiegehen's testimony reread before announcing their verdicts shortly before 5 p.m.

Prosecutors said Fiegehen was consumed with"anger and fury"when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's house on Feb. 10, 2002.

In his testimony last week, Fiegehen said he went to the Douglas County home early that day to meet his former girlfriend, Alane Dockstader, to go snowboarding.

Instead, he said he found Dockstader's stepfather, Alan Chorkey dead and her mother, Lorelle Chorkey, covered in blood.

"I'm not a killer,"Fiegehen told jurors.

Records showed Fiegehen called Dockstader 16 times the night and morning before the crime. Fiegehen said he called her repeatedly because he was nervous about going to her house while Dockstader had a temporary restraining order against him.

Alan Chorkey was stabbed to death. Lorelle Chorkey, was shot in the head but survived. Fiegehen was arrested three months later in Indiana.

During his closing statement, Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson said Fiegehen fled because he killed Al Chorkey and believed he had killed Lorelle Chorkey.

Defense lawyer Richard Young argued police did not investigate the slaying properly and said evidence suggested that more than one person was in the house at the time of the attack.


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