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Swinford Trial 9/8/2011
21 year old Chelan High School Graduate Steven Swinford will be tried Monday Oct. 24 in the killing of Paul Raney, who was shot to death at the Manson home Swinford shared with two roommates.

Swinford had been scheduled to stand trial next week, but Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Doug Shae and public defender Jeremy Ford said they just received the last pieces of evidence for review last week.

The prosecutors office received some 120 pages of evidentiary reports and photographs recently which it then shared with Defense Attorney Ford. Ford has asked the judge for time to have those documents reviewed by his expert witness, forensic investigator Raymond Grimsbo.

Swinford is accused of gunning down Raney on January 28th with multiple shots from a .45-caliber pistol after the two argued over the use of an iPod docking station. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said Swinford himself called 911 to report the shooting.

Ford has said he intends to argue that Swinford fired in self-defense. Deputies found several firearms throughout the Manson house, including one within reach of the chair where Raney was sitting at the time of the shooting.

Swinford has been jailed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center since his arrest. He and Raney, both of Chelan, had been friends since at least high school.


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