CASE TO BE DISMISSED AGAINST 90-YEAR-OLD RETIRED MEDICAL DOCTOR AFTER DEFENDANT DIED FROM SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 09CF2333

 


 

October 7, 2009

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

CASE TO BE DISMISSED AGAINST 90-YEAR-OLD RETIRED MEDICAL DOCTOR AFTER DEFENDANT DIED FROM SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND

*Defendant was charged with manslaughter for killing 88-year-old terminally ill wife

 

SANTA ANA – A criminal case will be dismissed against a 90-year-old retired medical doctor charged with killing his terminally ill wife after the defendant died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Dr. James Clyde Fish, Laguna Woods, was charged Sept. 21, 2009, with one felony count of voluntary manslaughter with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm. 

 

On Sept. 20, 2009, Fish is accused of shooting and killing his 88-year-old wife. He then shot himself in the head. He remained hospitalized until he died from his injuries at 11:30 p.m. yesterday, Oct. 6, 2009. 

 

###