Man pleads not guilty in father's death

New evidence shows son allegedly stole from father

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Nine days after shooting his father and then burning his body in a burn pile, Troy Fisher started stealing money from the dead man’s bank account, prosecutors alleged in court documents filed Friday.

Between Aug. 16 and Sept. 7, sheriff’s investigators believe Troy Fisher stole at least $2,900 from Edward Fisher.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Troy Fisher with first-degree felony murder of his 69-year-old father. With a felony murder charge, prosecutors need only prove the defendant committed a felony in the course of a killing -- they are alleging first-degree robbery was the felony.

Troy Fisher, 42, pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge. Clark County Judge Barbara Johnson set trial for March 19.

Defense attorney Gregg Schile told the judge he disputes the filing of felony (robbery) murder.

"I don't believe there's supporting evidence of it," Schile said.

The judge told Schile he can file motions in disagreement of the charge.

Troy Fisher was arrested Sept. 19 after allegedly admitting to investigators that he shot his father twice Aug. 7 during a heated fight at their Brush Prairie home. Fisher reportedly said that he then burned his father’s remains in a burnpile on the property at 20808 N.E. 172nd St., according to court documents.

Family members initially thought Edward Fisher was on vacation in Germany, but contacted sheriff’s investigators after growing suspicious of his whereabouts.

In newly filed court documents, investigators said they found suspicious activity on Edward Fisher’s two bank accounts following his death, where many cash withdrawals were made from ATMs. Surveillance video allegedly showed Troy Fisher accessing the accounts, according to court documents.

Fisher is being held in the Clark County Jail on a no-bail hold.

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