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Two accused of Silverton murder arraigned today

12-16-2013 Oregon:

Uriah Michael Dean McKinley, 22, and Andrew James Slover, 23, were in court today to face a Marion County grand jury indictment on murder charges related to the death of 30-year-old Jeffrey Lamoreaux in Silverton on Dec. 2.

Both men are being held without bail and are scheduled to be in court again on Dec. 23.

Lamoreaux was found dead in his home on the 200 block of Olson Road in Silverton. His death was initially deemed suspicious; autopsy results released last week indicated he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The suspects had been held in jail since the day after Lamoreaux’s death: McKinley for possession of methamphetamine and Slover for a felony robbery charge in which Lamoreaux was listed as the victim.

Slover faces charges of murder and robbery. McKinley was indicted on additional charges of murder with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle.

Friends and family of the two men have a hard time believing they could have been involved with Lamoreaux’s death.

McKinley’s mother, Laurie Petty, said her son suffered from depression and battled drug addiction but there was no way her son could have killed someone.

“He is a good boy and he is innocent,” Petty said

Rose Mary McKinley said her grandson is a kind man who is being charged with a crime he did not commit.

“They are framing both of those boys,” she said.

Dominic Garcia believes Slover is not guilty of killing anyone.

Garcia, who said he’s related to both suspects, said the news of Slover’s alleged involvement in the incident was a surprise.

Slover had worked for Lamoreaux’s landscaping business, Jericho’s Lawn Maintenance, Garcia said.

Slover apparently started working at the landscaping business through a friend who also worked for Lamoreaux.

“He saw how hard he worked,” Garcia said.

McKinley also worked for Lamoreaux on and off, Garcia said.

All three men had a history of problems with the law. McKinley was convicted of possession of marijuana in 2012 and 2013 and also of “escape” in Aug. 2013.

Slover was convicted of theft in 2013.

Lamoreaux had been convicted of three counts of attempted sodomy in 2003 from an incident that occurred in 2001. One of the conditions of the charges was he was required to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 60 months of probation. ..Source.. by Joce DeWitt

Marion County man sentenced to life in prison for December homicide of Silverton man


A 22-year-old Silverton man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to murder, Marion County officials said.

Uriah Michael Dean McKinley was indicted late last year in connection with the December 2 death of Jeffrey Edward Lamoreaux on charges of murder with a firearm, first-degree robbery with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle and methamphetamine possession.

Lamoreaux's body was found inside a home in the 200 block of Olson Road; an autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Judge Thomas M. Hart sentenced McKinley to a mandatory minimum of 25 years on the murder with a firearm charge, and 5 additional years to be served consecutively for unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle. The methamphetamine charge carried a 6 month sentence to be served concurrently.

A Marion County grand jury also indicted Andrew James Slover, 23, for murder and first degree robbery. Slover remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 22 for a settlement conference. ..Source.. by Stuart Tomlinson

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