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Murder trial delayed; next hearing is April 14

Father and son charged with fatal shooting of hunter

— The trial for a father and son accused of first-degree murder has been postponed.

John Wayne Jennings, 57, and his son, Adam Shaun Jennings, 27, were scheduled to go to trial Thursday in Okanogan County Superior Court for the Sept. 2, 2013, death of Hoquiam resident Michael Ray Carrigan, 52.

Instead, a series of status hearings is planned, with the first on April 14, court records show.

The two were charged Nov. 18, 2013, in the shooting death near the Jennings home at 33 Cow Camp Road east of Oroville.

Bail for each man was set in November at $1 million.

Both remain in the county jail.

Both men are charged with first-degree (premeditated) murder in Carrigan’s death.

Charging documents alleged each man either was armed with a firearm or was an accomplice of the other.

Adam Jennings also was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a .22-caliber firearm. He has a previous conviction for second-degree assault.

John Jennings also was charged with delivery of a firearm to an ineligible person. The charging document alleged he delivered a firearm to Adam Jennings, knowing his son was ineligible to possess the gun.

They are accused of shooting Carrigan after he got out of a vehicle and shot at a grouse. Carrigan’s hunting partner, Hoquiam resident George Stover, 65, reported the shooting.

In his statement at the scene, Stover – Carrigan’s hunting partner – allegedly told deputies Carrigan had been driving and stopped when he saw the grouse. He exited the vehicle and shot twice at the bird.

Meanwhile, Stover got into the driver’s seat and moved the vehicle so it would not be blocking the road.

“He went on to report hearing a gunshot and seeing Michael (Carrigan) react to something by bringing his hand up to his mouth. George said he saw blood on Michael’s hand and watched him go down,” the report said. “According to George, Michael got up but went down again after a second shot. George described seeing Michael rolling on the ground, then stopping on his back.”

Both defendants allegedly told officers they heard two shots fired by Carrigan and then another two shots fired from a different firearm outside their home.

They said they took cover on the floor of their home until they heard a vehicle leaving.

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