Former BNSF employee, accused of murdering supervisor, on trial

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A former BNSF Railway employee is standing trial this week for murder three years after he allegedly shot and killed his supervisor.

James Forshee, 62, has been charged with murder in the April 2014 shooting death of Emery Connor, 42, at BNSF’s yard in Klamath Falls, Ore., the Herald and News reports. Jury selection began on Monday and the trial is expected to last more than a week.

Forshee’s defense team is trying to convince the jury that the man lost control of his actions and that it was not premeditated murder. According to court documents, Forshee cooperated in the investigation and admitted to police when he was arrested that he had “shot the guy.” But prosecutors say Forshee had planned the “execution” for days after he had been written up for a safety violation earlier in the week.

According to witnesses, Forshee came to work on April 17, 2014, at the BNSF yard and was talking to a co-worker when he suddenly walked into Conner’s office, pulled out a pistol, and opened fire.

Prosecutors say all the evidence points to premeditated murder.

“Every decision that he made was a goal-directed, premeditated decision,” prosecutor David Schutt told the jury. “You’re going to find he wasn’t suffering from extreme emotional disturbance, you’re going to find he was guilty of murder.”

If convicted, Forshee could face up to 25 years in prison.


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