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Bullet casings, photos entered into evidence


Detective testifies in attempted murder trial of Capac man



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October 08, 2008
PORT HURON — Bullet casings, bloodstained clothing and dozens of photographs were among the evidence entered today by St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling in the attempted murder trial of Donald Burke.

The 51-year-old Capac man was charged after he allegedly fired shots at Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks, sheriff's deputy Tim O'Boyle and tow truck driver Mike Thorpe outside of his William G. Drive home on April 16. Hawks was hit twice, and one of the shots grazed O'Boyle's head. Thorpe was not injured. If convicted, Burke faces up to life in prison.

St. Clair County Sheriff Detective David Patterson testified with regard to evidence collection.

Nine bullet casings were discovered at the scene. The rifle found at the scene holds 10 bullets. Photos of Burke's bedroom depicted a single bullet near the bed and boxes of ammunition.

Patterson confirmed that Hawks wasn't wearing a bullet proof vest when the incident occurred.

Earlier in the day, Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kelly ruled that a Sept. 30 taped conversation between Burke and his wife while Burke was incarcerated would be allowed into evidence.

Hawks is expected to take the stand on Friday.

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