Klamath Falls, Ore. – The second day of testimony is complete in the trial of a Klamath Falls man charged with the murder of his rail yard supervisor.
Police say James Harold Forshee shot and killed Emery Connor at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard in Klamath Falls in April of 2014.
Joel Loudermilk was the officer that took Forshee to the Police Station immediately after the shooting.
Loudermilk testified that he asked Forshee what had happened. “And Mister Forshee said, and quote, ‘This guy has been harassing me and trying to destroy my life and the lives of half of the people here – I just, I just had all I could take’ – end quote.”
Retired BNSF worker Dale Larson testified Forshee had been disciplined by Connor on a safety violation, for failing to set the hand brake on a forklift.
Prosecutors say this triggered Forshee to begin planning the murder.
Defense attorneys plan to argue the ‘extreme emotional disturbance’ caused Forshee to lose the ability to control his actions.
Klamath County Deputy District Attorney David Schutt questioned Officer Loudermilk about Forshee’s behavior following his arrest. “How would you describe his demeanor when you were speaking with him?”
“He was calm, and very matter of fact.” Responded Loudermilk.
Defense Attorney Michael Bertholf questioned Loudermilk about how well he knew Forshee. “You never had any prior experience with him prior to that day?”
“No.” Answered Loudermilk.
“You don’t know if he was any different than normal, then.” Stated Bertholf.
The prosecution is scheduled to continue calling witnesses Thursday morning.
The defense is expected to begin their testimony once the prosecution has rested.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.