Earl Orr Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter in Death of Phillipsville Woman

Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:

Earl OrrDistrict Attorney Maggie Fleming announced this afternoon that Earl Orr (60), pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm for the death of 47-year-old Phillipsville resident Jessica Hare. 

On April 25, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a citizen notified law enforcement of a gunshot victim at a residence in the 400 block of Phillipsville Loop Road in Phillipsville. Responding Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers found the victim deceased. They learned from several witnesses that Mr. Orr had been in the residence with the victim and that Mr. Orr had been armed with a pistol, drunk and belligerent. Several hours later Mr. Orr was found sleeping in his trailer home near where the shooting occurred. His blood alcohol level at the time was 0.14 (nearly twice the legal limit for driving) and he claimed to have no memory of killing Ms. Hare. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the weapon used in the shooting inside Mr. Orr’s trailer home. An autopsy confirmed that Ms. Hare died of a single gunshot wound. The defendant will receive a 14-year prison term: the maximum term for manslaughter (11 years) plus 3 years for the use of a firearm.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, who was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Gary Cooper. Sentencing is scheduled for September 22, 2016 in Humboldt Superior Court before Judge Marilyn Miles.

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  • Good, glad they can finally get this piece of shit off the streets. He’s been tweeking ,getting drunk and shooting around phillipsville since I was a kid. Miracle he hasn’t killed anybody else accidentally or otherwise.

  • Not for long with that plea bargain

    • Would you rather have depended on a not so great criminal case perhaps and a dozen people not smart enough to get out of jury duty?

  • I knew Earl peripherally – he was pretty far gone sometimes, but not belligerent AFAIK…I think this is one of those over the top out of the mind incidents that plague us. He never should have had access to a firearm. He’ll probably die in prison. Problem solved I guess (sigh).

  • Shit only 14 years

  • Talk about getting away with Murder..
    I don’t know this man but how is it just manslaughter to shoot someone dead for no reason? I though people got life for murder? Is it a lesser crime because he was drunk and it wasn’t premeditated?

  • Dyerville Loop is Not Alderpoint

    Want to get away with murder? Trinity , Humboldt, Mendo, and Del Norte . Those are the places. Thats what Whlackie John said to George White..Oh, and lets not forget Tehama. Now there is some fertile ground waitin to be plowed under.

  • It always amazes me how some continually jump in shit and always come out smelling like a rose. He’ll be out sooner than you think 🙁

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