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Coroner's inquest in Walla Walla store shooting

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood has called for an inquest to answer questions about the fatal shooting of a man during an apparent burglary of a store in the city of Walla Walla.

The public inquest Aug. 8 will operate much like a trial with testimony under oath. Six jurors will be asked to determine if the shooting was justified or not. However, the ruling will not be binding on the prosecutor.

The May 4 shooting of Cesar H. Chavira by New York Store Western Outfitters owner John Saul prompted protests by Chavira's friends and family. They will be able to ask questions at the inquest through their lawyers. Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel will preside at the inquest at the Walla Walla Police Department.