Illness darkens Fiegehen murder trial courtroom

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Testimony in the murder trial of Christopher Fiegehen is expected to resume Wednesday after a scheduled Monday session was postponed by illness.

Mark Jackson, Douglas County deputy district attorney, was unable to appear Monday because he was sick, according to Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci.

Jackson is expected to wrap up his case and opening statements for the defense begin this week.

Fiegehen is accused of the Feb. 10, 2002 slaying of Al Chorkey of Minden. He allegedly went to the Chorkeys' Johnson Lane-area home in the early morning hours, shooting Chorkey's wife, Lorelle, and stabbing Chorkey to death. Lorelle Chorkey survived the shooting and told police Fiegehen was responsible.

Her 19-year-old daughter Alane Dockstader had dated Fiegehen for about 18 months before Dockstader got a restraining order against him in January of 2003.

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

The trial began June 23. It is expected to last four weeks.


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