Today the Oregon Supreme Court upheld Ronald Everett's conviction for Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Murder on the grounds that he solicited someone to deliver damaging information about an outlaw biker to other members of that individual's outlaw biker gang, in the hopes that members of that gang might act on such information by murdering that outlaw biker.
In recent local news an Oregon man was sentenced to twenty years in prison after being found guilty this past January of distributing heroin that resulted in another person's death. Prosecuted under the federal "Len Bias" law , the case was the first of its kind to go to trial in the District of Oregon.
Today the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the murder conviction of Damon James Naudain. The case was returned to the trial court for a new trial for one reason. According to the appellate court, the trial judge made an impermissible commnet on the trial evidence requiring reversal.
Last Friday, three friends from Warm Springs pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired in the murder of two individuals from that community last month. The two female defendants, 20 and 25 years of age, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the killing of a 30-year-old Warm Springs resident determined to have died of blunt-force trauma to the face and head.
After spending seven difficult months in jail on murder charges, a 45-year-old Roseburg man was able to return home last week after those charged were dismissed. George Bogan was arrested earlier this year in Grant County and charged with aggravated murder in the death of Danny Sweet, who went missing back in 1992.
A Portland doctor was recently charged with second-degree manslaughter and reckless endangerment in connection with a botched surgery that resulted in a patient's death and complications from another surgery. The manslaughter charge reportedly stems from an attempted after-hours tummy tuck procedure.
The Oregonian reports that two men were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and first-degree assault stemming from an April 13 incident at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland. According to police, one of the suspects shot a young man with whom he had been fighting. The other suspect is accused of providing the firearm used in the shooting. The victim was reportedly found with multiple gunshot wounds, though his injuries were apparently not life-threatening.
Our Portland readers have probably all heard by now of the tragic case of Trayvon Martin which has been getting much media coverage over the last several weeks. Among the more controversial aspects of the case are the accusations of racial profiling and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which many feel is implicated in the case.
Imagine being accused of a crime you did not commit. Now image you are actually convicted of that crime and given a life sentence. This nightmarish scenario is exactly what happened to a man who was wrongly convicted of murder in 2001. Thankfully, justice has been served and the man was recently released as acts of gross misconduct were uncovered on the part of prosecutors and police investigators.
Natallee Holloway, the young Alabama woman who went missing during a high school graduation trip to Aruba back in 2005, was declared legally dead by an Alabama judge on Thursday. As our readers may already know, Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with a 24-year-old Dutch man on the morning of May 30, 2005. Her body was never found, and the Dutch man-who became a prime suspect in the case-has not received any charges.