Murder suspect 'Moe' Fleming makes first court appearance

SACRAMENTO - Former Cal Fire battalion chief Orville "Moe" Fleming made his first public appearance in court Tuesday.

It was a brief appearance by Fleming, and he said very little. But, seeing him in court had a powerful impact on Sarah Douglas' family, who were sitting in the front row of the courtroom and watching him closely.

After the hearing, Douglas' mother Trudy Werly described how difficult it was to see the man accused of killing her daughter.

"I wanted to attack him bad. I wanted to do something bad," Werly said.

Fleming, 55, is suspected of killing Sarah Douglas, 26, on May 1 in her south Sacramento home in the 9300 block of Fox River Way. Fleming went into hiding the day of the murder for 16 days before he was arrested on Friday.

In court, Fleming appeared alert. He clearly answered the judge's question of whether he had the money to pay for an attorney.

"No, I don't," Fleming said.

He did not enter a plea Tuesday, and the hearing was continued to next Tuesday.

Douglas' aunt Trina Werly said while some family members want a trial, she's hoping for a faster resolution.

"I want him to plead guilty. That's what I want," Trina Werly said. "I want him to save his family and our family the whole circus of a trial."


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