One of two Washington state brothers who eluded capture for months last year after a videotaped gunfire exchange with police went on trial Wednesday on charges he tried to kill the officers.
A jury seated Wednesday in Cheyne Kehoe’s trial was taken to see the scene of the Feb. 15 shootout and shown the 1977 Chevrolet Suburban in which police say Kehoe and his brother Chevie Kehoe were riding that day.
Chevie Kehoe is in jail awaiting trial next month on charges stemming from the shooting. Both men are from Colville.
Police officers provided increased security at the Clinton County Courthouse for Cheyne Kehoe’s trial on two counts each of attempted murder and felonious assault, and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Common Pleas Judge William McCracken hopes to complete the trial on Friday.
Cheyne Kehoe said at a pretrial hearing last week that he wants to testify.
None of the four officers involved in the shootout were hurt but a passerby was wounded by a bullet fragment.
The defense has conceded that Cheyne Kehoe was the man the videotape shows firing a handgun, but says he wasn’t firing at the officers.