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Suspect in Galt shooting, standoff remains in hospital

Corey will likely be arraigned on murder charges next week

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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:07 am, Sat Dec 1, 2012.

The Galt man who police believe fatally shot a Sacramento County animal control officer remained hospitalized Friday.

Joseph Corey, 65, is expected to be released from a Sacramento hospital today, taken to Sacramento County jail and booked on murder charges, according to Galt Police Lt. Jim Uptegrove.

Corey was arrested on Thursday morning following a nearly 17-hour police stand-off, after police say he shot Roy Marcum, 43, of Elk Grove, when Marcum came to retrieve animals left by Corey when he was evicted from his home by a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy a day earlier.

After his arrest, Corey was taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center, where he has been held under a Galt police guard for health concerns not related to the stand-off. He must be deemed medically safe for incarceration, Uptegrove said.

He expects Corey to be arraigned in Sacramento Court on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the county Animal Care and Regulatory Department where Marcum had been employed for 14 years was re-opened Friday after being closed Thursday.

Funeral services for Marcum are pending. However, a memorial fund has been opened to support his family.

Donors are asked to make their checks payable to "Memorial Fund for Roy Marcum." They can be submitted to Premier West Bank, 9340 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, 95624.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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