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Eloy Carrera Jr. pleads guilty to murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon - 02/14/18

At a hearing this morning before the honorable Judge Hart, Eloy Carrera Jr. (22 years old) entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Sentencing is set in the same courtroom on February 28, 2018 at 9:00 am. These charges stemmed from a shooting on August 1, 2016 in the 4800 block of Jean Court NE in Salem that caused the death of Brett White (44 years old). No further information will be released as charges are pending on a second defendant, Denzel Cortez Hawthorne.

Judge denies DNA testing motion for Oregon death row inmate - 02/12/18

To: All Media

From: Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau

Date: February 12, 2018

RE: State of Oregon v. Jesse Lee Johnson, 98C46239, Defendant's Motion for Post-Conviction DNA Testing Pursuant to ORS 138.690.

Today Marion County Circuit Court Judge Channing Bennett DENIED convicted capital murderer Jesse Lee Johnson's Motion for Post-Conviction DNA Testing Pursuant to ORS 138.690 in a letter opinion (attached).

Johnson was convicted of Aggravated Murder and sentenced to death in Marion County Circuit Court in 2004 for killing Harriet "Sunny" Laverne Thompson on March 28, 1998.

Johnson's conviction and death sentence were automatically reviewed by the Oregon Supreme Court as required by Oregon Law. In 2007, the court affirmed Johnson's conviction and death sentence. State v. Johnson, 342 Or 596 (2007).

Johnson pursued another challenge to his conviction and death sentence in a post-conviction proceeding beginning in 2008. That was litigated for over seven years until the post-conviction court DENIED Johnson relief on May 15, 2015. Johnson v. Premo, Marion County Circuit Court No. 08C11553.

On July 26, 2016, Steven Wax from the Oregon Innocence Project was court-appointed at the defendant's request.

On November 16, 2016, Wax along with attorneys Brittney Plesser and Aliza Kaplan with the Oregon Innocence Project filed this Motion for Post-Conviction DNA Testing Pursuant to ORS 138.690.

On March 23, 2017, the state filed its response asking the court to deny Johnson's request.

On October 4, 2017, a hearing was held before Judge Bennett and the motion was taken under advisement. Today's ruling denying Johnson's motion for additional DNA testing was based on his failure to articulate a "theory of defense" or make a case that DNA testing would lead to a finding of innocence. (Opinion, Page 3)

Judge Bennett noted that the evidence at the jury trial in 2004 "focused on Defendant's denial that he knew the victim, his denial that he had been in the victim's apartment, his confession made to a drug dealer, Defendant's possession of the victim's jewelry shortly after the crime, Defendant's palm print and thumb print found on items at the crime scene and a witness who described someone similar to the Defendant being outside the crime scene on the night of the murder. Further DNA testing of the items identified by the Defendant would not controvert any of this evidence." (Opinion, Page 3)

The Marion County District Attorney's Office has been in contact with Harriett Thompson's family throughout this entire process.

Attached Media Files: Court's Letter Opinion
Man Sentenced for June 2017, Salem Double Homicide - 02/06/18

On February 5, 2018, Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez (36) pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and one count Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm for the June 2017 killings of Hector Martinez-Arroyo (26) and Carlos Zepeda-Ponce (50) and attempted killing of Maria Ordaz-Campos. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Sean Armstrong sentenced Marcelino Osorio-Jimenez to life in prison, with a minimum incarceration of 55 years before he is eligible for parole.

On June 18, 2017, Defendant waited outside Billares Rosito, located at 1572 Lancaster Drive, Salem, OR, with a loaded handgun for the victims to leave. The parties had a history of verbal altercations, but there were no documented violent encounters to that point. When the victims left the pool hall at approximately 11pm, Defendant shot Hector several times as Hector approached his vehicle, then approached and shot Carlos several times; he then took one shot at Maria as she ran back into the pool hall, but missed. Defendant fled the scene but was immediately apprehended by the Salem Police Department. He has been in custody at the Marion County Jail since that day.

The case was investigated by Salem Police detectives.

This murder was "Aggravated Murder" because Defendant intentionally caused the death of more than one person in the same criminal episode. In exchange for a guilty plea to all three counts of the indictment, the state agreed to a life sentence with a minimum incarceration of 55 years before parole eligibility.

Judge Armstrong imposed that sentence, sentencing Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez to life with 30 years for count one, then life with 30 years on count 2, with 25 of the 30 years consecutive to count 1 for a total sentence of life with a 55 year minimum. Count 3 was 120 months concurrent to the other counts.

Please contact the District Attorney's Office with any questions.

Four Salem Officers Cleared in Shooting; Suspect Indicted - 02/05/18

Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that 4 Salem Police Officers were justified in using deadly force against Roy Victor Devoursney, age 61, on the afternoon of Saturday January 27, 2018 during an encounter in the blocks surrounding 19th and Kansas and D Streets in NE Salem.

At approximately 1pm, Corporal Andy Connolly attempted to locate a large RV due to motorist complaints regarding its reckless driving. Cpl. Connolly found the RV, driven by the registered owner Devoursney, at its registered address of 1919 Kansas Street NE. Devoursney drove his RV into Connolly's patrol vehicle head-on, causing significant damage to the car, forcing its airbags to deploy, and injuring Cpl. Connolly. Devoursney then drove off in the RV. Several other officers, including Sergeant Jim Welsh, Corporal Mark Seyfried, and Officer Pence Hodges as well as medics quickly responded to the area to assist Connolly and manage the crime scene. Within minutes, Devoursney drove the RV back to the neighborhood and back toward officers on 19th Street. Cpl. Seyfried positioned his patrol vehicle on 19th Street behind the RV. Devoursney then reversed the RV directly into Cpl. Seyfried's patrol SUV, moving it backwards several feet, causing significant damage and injuring Cpl. Seyfried who was exiting from his vehicle. At this time, Sgt. Welsh, Cpl. Seyfried and Officer Hodges fired upon Devoursney in attempt to stop the vehicular attack. Devoursney again drove the RV away from the scene followed by a Salem Police Officer in a patrol vehicle.

Devoursney did not stop for police, but drove through the surrounding streets and back to toward the crime scene and the officers for a third time. Sgt. Welsh and Cpl. Connolly shot at the RV again but Devoursney continued to drive the RV away from the area.

Several officers followed Devoursney as he made his way onto Market Street where police were eventually able to deploy spike strips, flatten the RV's tires and effectuate a slow stop in front of Pietro's Pizza on Hawthorne. As Devorsney was unresponsive to police commands, a taser was deployed and he was taken into custody.

Devoursney was treated on scene for a head laceration and transported to Salem Health. He has since been released and transported to the Marion County Jail where he is being held on no bail for crimes related to this incident.

Cpl. Connolly was treated at Salem Health for a concussion as well as other injuries to his extremities. Cpl. Seyfried was treated at Salem Health for a broken wrist and leg. Both were released that evening.

The Grand Jury heard a full day of testimony from witnesses including the involved Salem officers and a detective from the Oregon State Police who led this investigation. They further reviewed other evidence including photographs and physical items from the scene.

The same Grand Jury that found the officers' actions to be justified indicted Roy Victor Devoursney for: 2 Counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, 1 Count of Assault in the First Degree, 1 Count of Assault in the Second Degree, 2 Counts of Assault on a Public Safety Officer, 2 Counts of Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, DUII, Reckless Driving and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer.

Devoursney is scheduled for his next appearance on February 7th at 8:30 a.m. at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway in Salem. He is represented by Jessica Kampfe of the Marion County Public Defender's Office.

Due to the ongoing nature of this criminal case, the DA's Office will not release any further detail of the shooting or the crimes at this time.