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Deputies investigating who fired fatal shot during alleged pot robbery

One week after an alleged robber was shot dead at a marijuana-laden Upper Lake property, details about the shooting remain foggy.

"We're not sure who pulled the trigger," Lake County District Attorney Don Anderson said Tuesday.

Lake County sheriff's detectives are still investigating whether James Michael Jean, 50, or his wife, Nora Katherine Jean, 49, shot Maurice Watts, 30, a Lake County resident with a history of drug-related arrests.

Neither one has been charged with the shooting. Investigators are still trying to determine who fired the fatal shot and whether the shooting was justified, law enforcement sources said.

James Jean is a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms.

While the shooting itself remains under investigation, the District Attorney's Office is moving forward with a case focusing on the drugs and weapons found when deputies served search warrants on three locations connected with the Jeans.

Law enforcement officers seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana and 17 firearms at the three locations. The weapons included several assault rifles and illegal ammunition, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Jeans on Tuesday remained in the Lake County jail on $500,000 bail each. They are charged with multiple felonies.

On Monday, they were arraigned in Lake County Superior Court on charges that include possession of marijuana for sale in connection with the two Nice locations. One is a house. The other is a shop that installs stereos and alarm systems in vehicles.

No charges have been filed regarding the marijuana found hidden in a building near the Jeans' residence, which is located on a hilltop about five miles north of Upper Lake and near the edge of the Mendocino National Forest.


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