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Memorial service scheduled for murder victim

"John Phillips, the 85-year-old man who allegedly killed an East Bremerton woman with whom he shared an apartment last week, was taken into custody Friday and booked in the Kitsap County Jail. Bail was set at $500,000, said Lt. Jim Harris, a detective with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.Phillips had been under armed guard at Harrison Hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the shoulder following the shooting of Debra Gordon, 45.Phillips' arraignment was scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the county courthouse in Port Orchard, Harris said. The arraignment was to occur after the Reporter went to press.Harris said there are a couple different theories about Phillips' alleged suicide attempt.We're continuing to interview people, putting the case together, we anticipate it being completed by the end of the week, said Harris. We still have to look into his medical situation. Speculation is that Phillips, whom acquaintances said was forgetful because of advancing age, thought Gordon planned to move without him. Acquaintances also said Phillips was upset with Gordon because he thought she was mishandling his finances.Gordon, who worked as an accountant with the Salvation Army in Bremerton, was handling his finances, and he thought she was doing something with his money, said Maj. Jim Baker, commander of the Bremerton Salvation Army post. A memorial service for Gordon is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Nov. 22, at the Salvation Army Church, 832 Sixth Street at Warren in Bremerton. Private burial will follow.Debra Gordon is survived by her 15-year old son, her mother, Patricia Sloan of Texas, father and stepmother Gordon and Linda Sloan, and a brother, Michael Sloan of Hintzville. "

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