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Benton County Sheriff's Office Releases Victims Names in Homicide Investigation - 05/23/18

The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a homicide in the Blodgett, Oregon Community.

The victim of  the homicide has been identified as Wesley Joe Newell, Date of Birth of 12/27/1949. He was a resident of Norton Creek Road, Blodgett, Oregon.

Cassandra J Wilhelm, Date of Birth of 7/14/1971 was injured in the shooting. She is recovering from the shooting, but is expected to survive. She lives on Summit Highway in Blodgett, Oregon. 


Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigates Homicide (Photo) - 05/22/18


On 5/21/2018 at 9:10 pm, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an address of 35111 Tum Tum Road in Blodgett, Oregon for a shooting in progress.

Deputies arrived and contacted a female that had been shot and began providing first aid. The female was transported via Life Flight to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. She is currently in stable condition. Her information is not being released at this time.

A male was found deceased at the scene. His name is not be released pending positive identification and family notification.

Both victims were found outside a private residence.

The scene was active for a short time, as the shooter(s) location was unknown.

Officers from the Philomath Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to the area to assist.  As additional law enforcement arrived, information was gathered from witnesses, suspects were identified in the area of the shooting and arrested.

The following suspects were booked into the Benton County Jail:

                Jim Dandee Morris DOB 7/26/1962


                                Attempted Murder X3

                                Felon in Possession of a Firearm X2

                                Theft I

                Julie Ann Thurman

                                Attempted Assault I X2

                                Theft I

The Benton County Major Crimes team is continuing to investigate but at this time, Benton County Sheriff’s Office does not believe there is a threat to the community from additional suspects.

Oregon State Police Crime Lab has responded to the scene of the shooting and will assist BCSO with gathering evidence at the scene.

Corvallis Police Department, Philomath Police Department, Albany Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police have assisted in the investigation.

Additional Information will be released as it becomes available.

Booking Pictures are attached.