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Trial date set for alledged birthday-party shooter

June 11th, 2014 - 5:17am

(Port Angeles) A Sequim man will head to trial in November for a shooting death at a Port Angeles birthday party.

27-year-old Nathaniel Olson had a trial date set for November 17th yesterday in Clallam County Superior Court.

Olson faces second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 25-year-old Matthew Baker of Port Angeles.

Baker was found shot and killed in a home on Monroe Road early in the morning of May 22nd. There had been a birthday party happening at the house and investigators say it appeared heavy drinking was involved.

Clallam County sheriff's deputies say when they arrived they found Olson and Baker lying on the floor. Baker had a single gun-shot wound to the chest. Baker and Olson were apparently alone in the living room of the house.

According to court documents, Olson told one of the men celebrating a birthday he had shot Baker. Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, but the gun was not registered to anyone at the home.

Olson's bail has been lowered from half a million dollars to 75-thousand dollars during a hearing yesterday.

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