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Two men seeking revenge for --alleged rape-- accused of murdering Milwaukie man

10-3-2014 Oregon:

A man suspected of shooting a Milwaukie man to death in 2010 was charged Friday with murder.

Michael Edward Varela Jr. was arraigned in Clackamas County Circuit Court on one count of murder in the death of William Jerome "Billy" Gaul. Varela also was charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a probation violation involving a drug possession.

A second suspect, Christopher Russell Bueler, also has been indicted on similar charges but has not yet been arraigned.

Prosecutor Chris Owen declined to comment on when Bueler, who is serving time in an Oregon prison, will be formally charged.

Gaul, 48, was one of three men attacked April 13, 2010, as they worked on a pickup in the 6800 block of Southeast Lamphier Street.

Clackamas County Sheriff's detective Jeff Burlew said a female friend of Varela and Bueler told them Gaul had raped her.

Varela and Bueler, revenge on their minds, went to the house on Lamphier looking for Gaul, Burlew said.

During a brief confrontation, Varela allegedly shot Gaul and another man. Bueler allegedly stabbed the third victim.

Burlew said the investigation stalled, but detectives got a break when multiple witnesses came forward with credible information that led to Varela and Bueler.

Bueler, 29, is serving a 14-month sentence at Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem for car theft and resisting arrest. He has past convictions for assault, and harassment.

Varela, 31, has a criminal history that includes convictions for identity theft, assault, harassment and possession of meth.

Gaul, 48, also had a lengthy criminal past. He had convictions for theft, assault, supplying contraband, identity theft and forgery. He was on probation for heroin when he died. ..Source.. by Steve Mayes

Former Estacada resident killed in Milwaukie


Victim shot in altercation. CCSO searching for suspects. Former Estacada resident William 'Billy' Jerome Gaul, 48, died April 14, after being shot in an altercation in Milwaukie last week.

Gaul was working on a pick-up truck in his driveway with two friends around 8:20 p.m. on April 13, when several unidentified male suspects shot Gaul and one of his friends, and stabbed the third victim, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office report.

Clackamas Fire District 1 and American Medical Response responded to the call and transported the three injured male adults to local hospitals, where Gaul later died.

'Detectives have interviewed a number of witnesses and determined the male suspects who arrived at this residence April 13 and were involved in this assault were observed fleeing the scene of the crime in a vehicle parked in the vicinity of this crime,' CCSO Detective Jim Strovink said. 'No suspect vehicle description is available at this time.'

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office will conduct a forensic autopsy to determine Gaul's official cause of death. The two other victims injured in the incident are at local hospitals and reported to be in stable condition, according to CCSO reports.

Strovink said one of the attackers may have had a romantic relationship with a woman who was also involved with Gaul, but details about the assault and motive are still being gathered. An adult female was present in the home at the time of the incident. The woman was not injured in the incident and investigators don't believe she was directly involved, according to CCSO reports.

Gaul is a former Estacada resident and has a criminal history for theft, identity theft, assault and forgery. He was on probation for heroin possession and appeared in Clackamas County Circuit Court on a probation violation earlier in the day on April 13 before he was shot.

'Investigators have no additional suspect information to provide at the present time and remain actively involved in determining the true facts surrounding this incident which resulted in the death of William Gaul and the hospitalization of the remaining two survivors,' Strovink said.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit is leading the investigation. Anyone with information may call the sheriff's confidential tip line, 503-723-4949. ..Source.. by Evan Jensen

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