Trial begins Monday for father of high school shooter
SEATTLE — Raymond Fryberg’s lawyers say he was never served with a domestic violence restraining order and had no idea he wasn’t allowed to have guns.
But federal prosecutors say that 2002 restraining order meant that Fryberg was prohibited from owning firearms. They say he lied on the forms he filled out when he bought nine hunting rifles and the handgun later used by his son to fatally shoot four friends in a high school cafeteria last fall.
Starting Monday, jurors in U.S. District Court in Seattle will hear testimony and review evidence to ultimately decide which story is true.
Fryberg doesn’t face any charges related to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting on Oct. 24. Instead, he faces six counts of illegally possessing guns that he bought between 2013 and 2015.
The trial is expected to run three days.