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Interviews, phone call heard in 4th day of trial



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October 08, 2008
PORT HURON — Police interviews with attempted murder suspect Donald Burke and a taped phone call between Burke and his wife were among the items jurors heard in the fourth day of the Capac man's trial in St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kelly's courtroom.

Burke faces three counts of attempted murder and a felony firearm charge for an April 16 shooting outside of his William G Drive home that injured Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks and St. Clair County Sheriff's deputy Tim O'Boyle. Shots were also allegedly fired at tow truck driver Mike Thorpe, who was there at the chief's request to tow Burke's vehicle for suspected reckless driving.

Details regarding Burke's health—he was hospitalized for heart problems after being captured by police on April 17—were discussed. Burke underwent heart surgery and had two broken ribs as a result of being hit by sheriff's deputies for being noncompliant.

Testimony will continue throughout Friday, and is slated to resume in Kelly's courtroom on Wednesday.

For complete trial coverage pick up the Oct. 15 print edition of the Tri-City Times. Updates will be posted on the Web site as they become available.

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