James Whitehead

Attorneys representing ousted City of Orange Police Captain Robert Arnold have requested more time to provide a Houston District Court with information as to why the former public servant should be entitled another arbitration hearing in an effort to get his job back using an arbitrator whose prior ruling in the matter was overturned by a judge earlier this year.

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Visiting Judge Elizabeth Ray has thrown out an arbitrator’s ruling that instructed the city of Orange to reinstate ousted Orange Police Captain Robert Arnold, who was relieved of his civil service duties after fatally shooting an unarmed Marine veteran July 26, 2010.

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Captain Robert Arnold

More than two years have passed since 28-year-old Marine veteran James Whitehead was fatally shot outside an Orange auto parts store by off-duty police Captain Robert Arnold, but the legal battles surrounding the homicide are far from over.

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"He told him 'I'm going to kill you,' and then he killed my friend."

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Editor's Note: The Examiner has obtained a copy of the 38-page document filed by Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell outlining the findings of his internal investigation into the shooting death of James Whitehead, a decorated U.S. Marine by off-duty police captain Robert Arnold, following a verbal disturbance. Kittrell's report has been reprinted in its entirety in order to provide readers with an accurate sense of what occurred on the day the unarmed man was killed.

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