Suspect named in Madras homicide; woman believed to be armed, heading to Mexico

Central Oregon authorities are looking for a 21-year-old Prineville woman suspected in a fatal shooting Wednesday night in Madras.

The woman, Jenna R. Campbell, is believed to be armed and possibly leaving Oregon for Mexico in a newer gray or silver Ford F150 truck.

Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche described Campbell as white, 5’5″ and 110-120 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.

Leriche said if you run across Campbell, avoid contact and call 911.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team is investigating the shooting, which happened around 9:20 Wednesday night during a fight.

Leriche said law enforcement responded to a home in Madras where the gunshot victim was found.

Officers started immediate life-saving efforts and the victim was taken to St. Charles in Madras but did not survive.

No other details have been released, but Leriche said anyone with information should call Detective Steve Webb at the Madras Police Department, 541-475-2424.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team includes personnel from the Bend, Redmond, Madras and Warm Springs police departments and the Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook County sheriff’s offices.

The Oregon State Police Crime Lab also responded to help with the investigation.

Man married to missing kids’ mom charged with hiding remains

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been charged with concealing or destroying two sets of human remains after authorities say they uncovered children’s bodies on his property while investigating the disappearance of his wife’s two kids.

The remains haven’t yet been identified.

The case has drawn global attention for its ties to the couple’s doomsday beliefs and the mysterious deaths of their former spouses.

An Idaho prosecutor filed the felony charges against Chad Daybell on Wednesday, and he’s being held on $1 million bail.

The children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, has already been charged with child abandonment.

Then-7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September.

Culver woman charged with murder after body found in fridge

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Culver woman on Thursday in connection with the death of a person whose body was found in Madras, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, a body was found in a refrigerator at the corner of SW Bear Drive and Highway 361 on May 7.

After a month-long investigation, 36-year-old Charina Jeanette Owen was arrested for second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree abuse of a corpse, Adkins said.

Owen is expected to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court Friday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m.



Community Reacts to Shocking Murder

28-year-old Tashina Jordan was arraigned in court this morning to face charges of aggravated murder for allegedly killing her disabled son, 7-year-old Mason Jordan.

Authorities said that just before 6 p.m. on August 20th, Jordan allegedly fatally shot Mason before attempting to take her own life by overdosing on pills. She was found and transported to St. Charles Hospital in bend with life-threatening injuries but survived. Just eight days later, she was arrested and transferred from the hospital to the Deschutes County Jail.

If sentenced, Jordan could be facing life in prison or worse. However, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he has not yet decided if he will pursue the death penalty in this case.

Meanwhile, the Central Oregon community is divided over the decision. Some are calling for her to face consequences of her actions; others think that she needs more help than punishment.

Jordan’s motive has not yet been revealed but will be discussed during future court dates. Jordan’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 24th.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health crisis or is considering hurting themselves or others, please contact a crisis hotline in your area.

Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have community mental health resources or anyone can call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Bend Mother Indicted on Murder Charge

Tashina Jordan Scheduled to Appear in Court Wednesday

A Deschutes County grand jury returned a secret indictment Monday, charging 28-year-old Tashina Jordan of Bend, with aggravated murder for intentionally causing the death of her developmentally disabled 7-year-old son. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday where she will officially be charged with aggravated murder. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he is still deciding wether or not he will pursue the death penalty in this case.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on the most recent developments.

Edwin Lara Sentenced to Life in Prison

Today, Edwin Lara was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer.

Lara submitted a guilty plea this morning for aggravated murder and robbery. The sentence was handed down by Judge Micheal Adler after hours of impact statements, both written and in-person, were presented to the court by Sawyer’s friends and family.

Adler said the brutality of the murder, along with Lara’s position as a COCC public safety officer, made the case stand out to him.

“You are fortunate a jury is not deciding whether to sentence you to death,” said Adler. Adler added that a true life sentence is the most serious sentence anyone actually receives in Oregon and called it “appropriate for this case.”

After Edwin Lara plead guilty to aggravated murder and robbery in the first-degree, Lara also waived his right to 48-hour sentencing.

With that Judge Adler allowed impact statements from Sawyer’s friends and family. Sawyer’s mother Juli Walden VanCleave said to Lara during her statement, “You have failed to silence her.” Talking about how Sawyer’s death united the community and there is now a foundation and a scholarship in her honor.

“I’ll always be the mother of a murder victim, but your mother will always be the mother of a murderer and a rapist,” said VanCleave.

One of Sawyer’s friends who testified said she regularly reaches for her phone to text or call Sawyer before she remembers that she can’t. She also said she still struggles to sleep or to be alone at night.

“I don’t even want to have children anymore because I know that monsters exist,” said Sawyer’s friend.

Sawyer’s maternal grandparents, Jim and Sharon Walden, and family friend Doug Gray all expressed frustration at Lara’s plea deal, which allowed him to avoid the death penalty that was being sought by District Attorney John Hummel, by pleading guilty.

The court took a break after testimony from Sawyer’s mother, maternal grandparents and friend. Sawyer’s father, paternal grandparents and co-workers from Awbrey Dental Group read their impact statements this afternoon.

Sawyer’s coworkers both delivered tearful testimony about how her murder has affect their lives and work and Sawyer’s father, the only person who addressed the court from the witness stand, held back tears before echoing that his daughter’s voice was not silenced by her murder.

After a brief recess Lara was able to address the court. Much of Sawyer’s family, including her friends, coworkers, mother and paternal grandparents all chose to leave the courtroom and returned after Lara’s statement.

“Today, I’ve seen your pain,” said Lara, who turned around to address those gathered in the courtroom, rather than the judge. “Today, I’ve seen your hate. I don’t have much to say to you at this moment. I can only pray. Someday, I would like to speak to whoever will listen. God Almighty, who art in Heaven, I’ll ask you please, heal the hearts of this community. I ask you to please heal the hearts of this family, of everyone who is in this place today, and that Kaylee Sawyer rest in peace Amen.”

Sawyer’s grandfather Jim Walden walked out during Lara’s statement and returned with the rest of Sawyer’s family.

Lara, a 32-year-old former COCC campus safety officer, is accused of abducting 23-year-old Sawyer as she was walking home, killing her on the college campus and dumping her body in a canyon west of Redmond in July 2016.

Lara was also accused of sexually assaulting Sawyer but, according to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, once Lara’s initial confession was thrown out, sexual assault became harder to prove. He also noted that Lara refused to plead guilty to sexual assault as part of his plea deal. Hummel said they’re main goal was to get a life sentence so they decided with the family to not pursue a sexual assault conviction in order to avoid a less harsh sentence.

Lara will carry out his entire sentence in Oregon, regardless of what is decided in the case against him in California.

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