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January 12, 1998

Local News

Bothell man charged with slaying neighbor

  by Andrew Walgamott
   EVERETT--William Voorhies of Bothell was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a neighbor eight minutes into the New Year last week. Voorhies, 63, is charged with gunning down Frederick Roger, 59, at his home in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park. Police said the shooting took place after Roger set off fireworks in Voorhies' carport. Following a verbal altercation, Voorhies shot Roger.
  
   Though Voorhies told police he'd shot in self defense, prosecutor's later alleged that Voorhies admitted to dragging Roger into his home. Reportedly there was bad blood between the two men stemming from a relationship Voorhies' wife, Sherry, had had with Roger. It was the second fatal shooting in Bothell in as many weeks, and third in the area. Paul "Pablo" Young was shot three times by a resident during a struggle after Young broke into the home early December 21. Vitaly Kalchik was shot and killed by a convenience store owner during an armed robbery December 18. Voorhies is being held in Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. He was charged in Everett District Court to keep him in jail while Snohomish County Prosecutors continue to investigate the shooting.