Defendant on videotape wearing hat matching one found under victim's body

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MINDEN -- Casino surveillance video watched by a Douglas County jury Thursday shows murder defendant Christopher Fiegehen wearing a baseball cap matching one found hours later under the bloodied body of Al Chorkey.

The footage, taken from the Silver Dollar Casino where Fiegehen worked as a bartender, shows the 24-year-old Carson City man in a black baseball cap with a white "V" on the front. He is shown on tape as he stands at a cashier's cage about 4 a.m. Feb. 10.

"Do you recognize what Christopher Fiegehen has on his head?" Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson asked witness Dennis Slater, an investigator with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

"I recognize that to be a Volcom baseball cap," Slater responded.

Fiegehen is accused of stabbing Al Chorkey, 50, to death and shooting Lorelle Chorkey in the head and chest in the couple's Johnson Lane-area home in the early morning hours of Feb. 10.

When investigators moved Chorkey's body, underneath him they found a black Volcom baseball cap.

Deputies arrived at the Becky Avenue home after receiving a 911 call about 5 a.m. from Lorelle Chorkey.

Fiegehen is charged with murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with the use of a firearm, burglary and home invasion.

Slater and the video were the last bit of evidence the jury heard Thursday before the July 4 three-day weekend. The testimony came in the second week of the prosecution's case, which is expected to wrap up Monday.

The first witness of the day was Fiegehen's father, Allan Fiegehen, who testified to a voice-mail message he'd recovered a week after the killing in which Fiegehen expressed his love for the elder Fiegehen and asked him to care for his pets.

A Carson City businessman, Allan Fiegehen is part-owner of the Ormsby House, Gleneagles Restaurant, Cubix Corp. and Jack's Bar.

Earlier in the week, testimony on the younger Fiegehen's cell phone activity showed he'd placed 16 phone calls to Alane Dockstader, Lorelle Chorkey's 19-year-old daughter, between midnight and 6 a.m. Feb. 10, 2002.

One phone call to Dockstader's cell phone at 12:49 a.m. was made from a pay phone at the AM PM Mini Market in Minden. Surveillance video from the parking lot of the shop shows Fiegehen at the store about 12:30 a.m. Another call to Dockstader's phone was logged at 1:51 a.m. from the Johnson Lane General Store. No message was left and no surveillance footage was available.

The final call from Fiegehen to Dockstader's phone was at 6:13 a.m. She earlier testified she had turned off her phone's ringer after arguing with Fiegehen in a call after midnight.

Fiegehen and Dockstader had dated for 18 months before they broke up in January of that year. According to Dockstader's testimony, the two had spent hours alone together in Fiegehen's Carson City home before she left him for the evening to stay the night with her new boyfriend.

Authorities contend the fight that ensued between Dockstader and Fiegehen was the catalyst for the attack on her parents.


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