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October 15, 2008
PORT HURON — Closing arguments are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the attempted murder trial of Donald Burke.

The 50-year-old Capac man is accused of shooting Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks, St. Clair County Sheriff's deputy Tim O'Boyle and taking aim at tow truck driver Mike Thorpe during an April 16 incident outside of Burke's Capac home on William G Drive. Burke faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Hawks took the stand on Wednesday, followed by O'Boyle and Thorpe.

On Thursday, Burke testified that he has a memory gap with regard to the alleged shooting. He recounted events leading up to the incident and testified about what he recalls afterwards. Burke also said he didn't recall being arrested; nor could he remember giving statements to police from a hospital bed where he was treated for heart problems. He underwent open heart surgery on April 18.

Burke also noted that he does not recall giving testimony at a Walker hearing regarding the admissibility of those statements that was held last month, nor does he recall a Sept. 30 phone conversation with his wife, a transcript of which was submitted into evidence.

Check back on Friday for details regarding the testimony given by Hawks, O'Boyle, Burke and others.

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