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Suspected California killer wrote about local man in 'manifesto'

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Christopher Dorner Christopher Dorner
James Usera James Usera

In the online manifesto of a former police officer targeted in a multi-state manhunt following a shooting spree in southern California, Christopher Dorner writes about a man named James Usera.

"To lean about what's gone on in the last few days pretty shocking," said Usera.

Usera, an attorney in Salem, said he went to school with the suspect at Southern Utah University from 1998 to 2001. Usera said they played on the football team together.

"He was intelligent, articulate, and always seemed rational minded to me. This is the last thing you would expect of anybody."

In an interview with Fox 12 Thursday, Usera said he never saw any signs of violence from Dorner, but he hadn't spoken to him since 2008.

Dorner called him that day and mentioned a grievance at work, but he said the former Los Angeles police officer didn't seem overly upset about it.

"He was concerned about it at least in the extent that one would be concerned about their job," said Usera. "But other than that it didn't strike me as extraordinary or noteworthy, other than he mentioned it."

Dorner had nothing but praise for his old college friend in his manifesto posted on Facebook. Police said that same posting implicated Dorner for the deaths of a man and woman found shot in their car at a parking structure in Irvine over the weekend.

One of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain.

The Los Angeles Times printed the manifesto and the part that mentions Usera. It says:

"James Usera, great friend, attorney, father, husband, and the most cynical/blatant/politically incorrect friend a man can have. Best quality about you in college and now is that you never sugar coated the truth. I will miss our political discussions that always turned argumentative. Thanks for introducing me to outdoor sports like fishing, hunting, mudding, and also respect for the land and resources. Us city boys don't get out much like you Alaskans. You even introduced me to PBR. A beer, that when you're a poor college student is completely acceptable to get buzzed off of. I'm sorry I'll never get to go on that moose and bear hunt with you. I love you bro."

Usera said he read that, but because it was all positive toward him, he's not fearful of being a potential target.

"My hope is that he comes to the conclusion that this is not going to make that grudge go away," said Usera. "This isn't going to solve any problems. Frankly, the best thing he can do is turn himself in."

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