SPOKANE, Wash. – The former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy who said he shot his wife accidentally while cleaning a gun was arraigned on charges of first degree manslaughter Wednesday.
Dwayne Thurman plead not guilty to the charge of first degree manslaughter. He will have to go to the Spokane County Jail to be booked and released before July 21 so they can take his picture and fingerprints, but he will not stay in custody.
Thurman’s trial is set for October. He is not allowed to possess any dangerous weapons as part of his release conditions.
On January 18, 2016, court documents said Thurman called 911 saying he accidentally shot his wife.
Thurman claims he was cleaning a gun he bought for his wife Brenda in the kitchen of their Spokane Valley home and it went off. Documents state that Thurman told deputies, "It's my fault, I'm an idiot, the gun just went off."
At Thurman's first appearance on Wednesday, his attorney, Carl Oreskovich said from their perspective, this was a tragic accident and they plan to defend the case that way.
Oreskovich said they anticipate taking the case to trial.