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Prosecutors will call final witness Tuesday in trial in death of Vancouver police officer

Trial in death of Donald Sahota will likely end this week

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: May 20, 2024, 4:04pm

Clark County prosecutors plan to call their final witnesses Tuesday in the murder trial of a Yakima man accused in the death of off-duty Vancouver police Officer Donald Sahota.

Today marked the start of the third and likely final week of the trial. Several detectives with an independent investigation team based out of Cowlitz County testified about their probe of the incident.

Julio Segura, 22, is accused of stabbing Sahota multiple times as the two struggled in Sahota’s Battle Ground driveway in January 2022. Moments later, Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Feller arrived and mistakenly shot Sahota.

Prosecutors argue Segura’s actions caused Sahota’s death. He is charged in Clark County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder, attempted first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The prosecution plans to rest its case Tuesday. By the end of the day today, prosecutors had called more than 40 witnesses, including Feller, Sahota’s widow, the former Clark County medical examiner and dozens of law enforcement officers from area agencies.

Segura’s defense team has indicated it intends to call a handful of witnesses. Attorneys have not said whether Segura will testify.