[Listen] Accused murderer of ex foster parent likely headed to adult court; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (13:00): (Warning: Graphic content) Back in October a man in his 60s by the name of Richard Falk was shot and killed in the Dinsmore area.

One murder suspect in the case is a 17 year old boy named Duane Gillespie, District Attorney Maggie Fleming told the Times Standard before declaring her intent to try him as an adult. The victim’s nephew and sister, Dennis and Patti Falk, say Gillespie was the victim’s foster child years back.

Another reported murder suspect is an unidentified teenage girl and it’s unclear if she will ever be named or tried as an adult. Perhaps you remember Redheaded Blackbelt coverage on the suspects’ arrests in Arcata with a helicopter hovering above.

Richard Falk had two adopted sons and dozens of foster children over the years. He was the youngest of three siblings, never married, worked locally before retirement, and was an Air Force veteran who had a well-attended military funeral. His family said he was retired at the time of his death and his years were numbered due to a cancer diagnosis.

“He was a good man,” Patti Falk said.

In the podcast Dennis and Patti Falk share more information about the victim, more information about Gillespie who Dennis Falk referred to as a ‘young Charles Manson,’ and how Gillespie interacted with the Falk family over the years.

Gillespie has reportedly pleaded not guilty to murder and burglary charges. It was last reported that a transfer hearing on Jan. 30 could officially move the case from juvenile to adult court. It’s not clear what his defense will be and defendants are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Gillespie would not have been discussed were he not named by the District Attorney’s Office and noted as a future defendant in adult court.

The story begins at 13:00.

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