Aug 26, 2016

Earl Orr pleads out before jury trial for the death of Jessica Hare of Philipsville

Earl Orr's jury trial was scheduled for August 29.

Instead he plead out this afternoon to voluntary manslaughter and will be sentenced to the maximum, which is 11 years plus 3 years for the use of a firearm; total 14 years.

 More details in press release by DA which will be out shortly.

Press Release:

District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced this afternoon that Earl Orr (60), pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm for the death of 47-year-old Phillipsville resident Jessica Hare. 
On April 25, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a citizen notified law enforcement of a gunshot victim at a residence in the 400 block of Phillipsville Loop Road in Phillipsville.  Responding Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers found the victim deceased.  They learned from several witnesses that Mr. Orr had been in the residence with the victim and that Mr. Orr had been armed with a pistol, drunk and belligerent.  Several hours later Mr. Orr was found sleeping in his trailer home near where the shooting occurred.  His blood alcohol level at the time was 0.14 (nearly twice the legal limit for driving) and he claimed to have no memory of killing Ms. Hare.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the weapon used in the shooting inside Mr. Orr’s trailer home.  An autopsy confirmed that Ms. Hare died of a single gunshot wound. The defendant will receive a 14-year prison term: the maximum term for manslaughter (11 years) plus 3 years for the use of a firearm.  

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, who was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Gary Cooper. Sentencing is scheduled for September 22, 2016 in Humboldt Superior Court before Judge Marilyn Miles.

Feb 18, 2016

Earl Orr arraigned for jury trial for the murder of Jessica Jane Hare from Phillipsville

Earl Orr arraigned on information today in Courtroom 5 for the jury trial in which he is charged with the murder of Jessica Jane Hare.

Count 1 is murder with a special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun, which caused great bodily injury to Hare.

Mr. David Celli from Russ Clanton's law firm appeared with Orr. He entered a not guilty plea for Orr and did not waive time.

Trial Confirmation is on March 29. Jury Trial is on April 11.

Feb 2, 2016:

Earl Orr held to answer on murder charge and special allegation regarding Jessica Hare
The preliminary hearing for Earl Orr continued today for the second day. The hearing was in Courtroom 4 before Judge Timothy Cissna.

Orr is charged with the murder of Jessica Hare with a special allegation that he discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to Hare.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case. Orr is being represented by Mr. Russell Clanton.

Yesterday, two witnesses testified. Miranda resident Thomas Lusk, who claims he was an eye witness to the shooting and testified that Orr shot Hare and said she is dead. According to Lusk, Orr killed Hare because she rejected his request for  a date and told him she was a lesbian and had a partner.

The other witness was HCSO's Detective Todd Fulton who said Orr was seen with a gun by witnesses. Detective Fulton continued his testimony this morning.

This Thomas Lusk is not the Miranda man charged with 6 felonies including torture, rape, false imprisonment, oral copulation of a female victim he met and invited back to his house. That Thomas Lusk has prior conviction of terroristic threats.


The victim in the homicide has been identified as 47-year-old Jessica Jane Hare from Phillipsville. The victim and suspect knew each other prior to the shooting. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Original HCSO release:

On 04-25-2015, at about 8:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen reporting there was a gunshot victim at a residence on the 400 block of Phillipsville Loop Road in Phillipsville.
Deputies responded to the scene, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol. Deputies located the victim who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
After speaking with witnesses, deputies learned the suspect, Earl C. Orr, 59, of Phillipsville, had been in possession of a firearm and was present with the victim just prior to the shooting. After the shooting, Orr abruptly left the scene.
On 04-26-2015, at about 7:30 a.m., Deputies served a search warrant at Orr's residence in Phillipsville. Deputies located Orr at his residence and he was taken into custody. Deputies also seized several firearms from Orr's residence. Orr was later taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for the charge of homicide. Orr's bail was set at $1,000,000.00.

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