No leads in murder of Cashmere orchardist

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

CASHMERE, Wash. (AP) — After six months, there are few leads in the murder of a 76-year-old Cashmere orchardist found shot in his home.

Chelan County Sheriff's Office chief of special operations Jason Mathews says there was minimal evidence left at the scene of James McClendon's murder. There were also no witnesses.

The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/11AqQ50) deputies were called to the McClendon home about 10:45 a.m. last September after a neighbor heard a gunshot and called 911.

Mathews says the neighbor found McClendon sitting in a chair in the living room.

Officials determined that he had been killed within 30 minutes before deputies arriving at the scene. McClendon had no defensive wounds. The weapon was not found.

Mathews says McClendon had been shot in the head with a small-caliber handgun.

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