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Jury Finds James Griffin Guilty of Rape, Sexual Abuse - 06/14/24

June 14, 2024

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for James Earl Griffin Jr., 39, for assaulting, raping, and sodomizing an adult female victim in June 2022. 

Trial & Verdict

The trial took place in front of Judge Cheryl Albrecht from June 10-13, with Deputy District Attorneys Julian Samuels and Sean Hughey as prosecutors. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on June 13, finding Griffin guilty of:

  • Two counts of Rape in the First Degree
  • Two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree
  • One count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • One count of Assault in the Fourth Degree
  • One count of Coercion

The jury also found Griffin not guilty of two counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, 2024, in front of Judge Albrecht. Griffin remains in custody in Multnomah County pending sentencing.  

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance with this case, in particular Detective Nathan Wollstein.

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UPDATE: Court Finds Ramond Lawrence Guilty of Murder - 06/14/24

Correction: The release has been updated to reflect that the murder charge was with a firearm (first bullet) and that the East County Major Crimes Team assisted with this case (last paragraph). 


UPDATE: Court Finds Ramond Lawrence Guilty of Murder

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County judge delivered a guilty verdict for Ramond Andrew Lawrence, 33, for the shooting death of 24-year-old Teonjenique Elizabeth Lashay Hudson Howard in March 2023.

Deputy District Attorneys Brian Davidson, Tony Dundon, and Elena Langer represented the state at trial, which took place in front of Judge Benjamin Souede from June 5 to June 13, 2024. Judge Soude delivered his verdict on June 13, finding Lawrence guilty of three charges:

  • One count of Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  • One count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • One count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lawrence is currently in custody in Multnomah County pending sentencing, which is scheduled for August 30, 2024, in front of Judge Souede. 

In addition to members of the Portland Police Bureau who responded to the incident, the DA’s Office thanks the members of the East County Major Crimes Team who assisted with this case, including officers and detectives with the Port of Portland Police Department, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon State Police.

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*Original Message (8/2/2023)*

DA Mike Schmidt Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Ramond Lawrence in March Homicide Case

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Ramond Andrew Lawrence, 32, on three charges related to a recent homicide in Northeast Portland:

  1. Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
  2. Unauthorized Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  3. Felon in Possession of a Firearm with a Firearm

On March 15, 2023, officers from the Port of Portland Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau responded to a shooting at the Embassy Suites hotel, located at 7900 NE 82nd Avenue. The East County Major Crimes Team was activated to conduct an investigation.

Upon review of the evidence provided by law enforcement, Deputy DA Brian Davidson presented the case to a Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on July 27. The charges Lawrence was indicted on relate to the death of victim Teonjenique Elizabeth Lashay Hudson Howard. The investigation is ongoing in relation to the second victim.

Lawrence is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail, and his next court appearance is scheduled for August 24. 

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Lawrence is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Jury Finds Jaizion Propps Guilty of Manslaughter in 2021 Fatal Shooting - 06/05/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Jaizion Nathaniel Propps, 23, for a 2021 fatal shooting in North Portland. 

Incident

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, at approximately 9:54 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot at North Columbia Way and North Midway Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they located a victim, 19-year-old Alexander Douglas Martinson, who was critically wounded. Mr. Martinson was transported by ambulance to a Portland area hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Martinson died as a result of a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.

Based on the law enforcement investigation, Jaizion Propps was identified as the shooter, and an arrest warrant was granted. Officers from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and PPB East Precinct located and arrested Propps on July 2, 2021, and he was taken into custody in Multnomah County. 

Trial & Verdict

The trial took place in front of Judge Cheryl Albrecht from May 13 to June 4, with Senior Deputy District Attorney Chuck Mickley and Deputy District Attorney Aileen Santoyo as prosecutors. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on June 4, finding Propps guilty of:

  • One count of Manslaughter in the First Degree with a Firearm 
  • Three counts of Unlawful Use of A Weapon with a Firearm
  • One count of Menacing
  • One count of Attempted Coercion
  • One count of Reckless Driving
  • Seven counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person 
  • Five counts of Tampering with a Witness
  • Two counts of Hindering Prosecution
  • Two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence

Propps is also being prosecuted for four counts of Perjury related to his testimony before the Multnomah County Grand Jury. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9, 2024, in front of Judge Albrecht. Propps remains in custody in Multnomah County pending sentencing.  

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance with this case, in particular Detectives Clifton and Greenlee.

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UPDATE: Jury Finds Alec Baldrige Guilty of Murder for 2021 Fatal Shooting in Gresham - 06/04/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Alec James Baldridge, 26, for fatally shooting Dominic Jacoby, 20, outside his Gresham home in August 2021. (The original press release inaccurately stated that Jacoby was 21 at the time of his death.)

The trial took place in front of Judge Heidi Moawad from May 28 to June 4, with Senior Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson as the prosecutor. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on June 4, finding Baldridge guilty of one count of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12 in front of Judge Moawad. Baldridge remains in custody in Multnomah County pending sentencing.  

The DA’s Office thanks the Gresham Police Department for their assistance in this case.

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*Original Message (8/17/2021)* 

DA Mike Schmidt charges defendant involved in fatal shooting of a 21-year-old in Gresham

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Today, District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office charged defendant Alec Baldridge for his involvement in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old in Gresham that took place last Friday, August 13 near the victim’s residence.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots in the early hours of August 13 and arrived find the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. They located six bullet casings near the victim. Detectives with the Gresham Police Department canvassed the area surrounding the crime scene for surveillance video and obtained footage of a dark sedan driving into the area before the shooting, then departing the area afterwards. There was also a person observed on video walking alone in the area of the shooting.  

Upon reviewing the victim’s phone, detectives learned that Baldridge and the victim agreed to meet that morning to settle a financial debt where Baldridge owed the victim a substantial amount of money. The two were in contact over the phone through text and video calling, with the last call occurring three minutes before the homicide.  

While being interviewed Baldridge admitted to detectives he communicated with the victim and owed the victim money. Further investigation by Gresham Detectives revealed that Baldridge was at scene of the crime when the homicide occurred. Detectives also learned that Baldridge met with an individual at a convenience store approximately six hours prior to the homicide with the intention to buy a gun. This meeting was also confirmed by surveillance video.

The Multnomah District Attorney’s Office has charged the defendant with one count of second-degree murder and one count unlawful use of a weapon and was arraigned earlier this afternoon.

#MCDA#

Christopher Pray Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Attempted Murder, Assault, and Other Charges - 06/03/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Christopher Lee Pray, 39, to 22 years in prison after he entered a plea for multiple charges from incidents that took place between 2022 and 2024.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman represented the State in Pray’s cases. The total sentence is the result of a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel to resolve several open cases. As part of the agreement, Judge Lavin sentenced Pray as follows: 

  • Case #23CR20824
    • 130 months for one count of Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm and one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm.
  • Case #22CR35606
    • 90 months for one count of Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm,  consecutive to the sentence in the above case. 
  • Case #23CR20820 
    • 70 months for one count of Assault in the Second Degree, Constituting Domestic Violence, with 44 months consecutive to sentences in above cases and 26 months concurrent.
  • Case #23CR32494 
    • 30 months for one count of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and Attempted Escape in the Second Degree, concurrent with sentences in above cases. 
  • Case #24CR28072 
    • In an unindicted accidental death case, the defendant was sentenced to 130 months for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, concurrent with sentences in above cases.

Pray is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.  

The DA’s Office thanks the many law enforcement officers and detectives who assisted with these cases. The office is pleased to resolve multiple open cases at once and that Pray’s sentence will prohibit him from further harming the community for the foreseeable future.    

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UPDATE: Thomas Cooper Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Manslaughter - 06/03/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Thomas Earl Cooper, 36, to 75 months in prison for causing the death of Tyrell Penney, 27, in July 2020.

The trial took place in front of Judge Christopher Marshall from May 20-31, 2024, with Deputy District Attorney Brad Kalbaugh and Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden as prosecutors. The jury returned a verdict on May 31, finding Cooper guilty of one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree with a Firearm. Judge Marshall imposed the 75-month prison sentence on June 3, 2024. 

In a previous trial, Cooper was acquitted of one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (victim Masico Walker Jr.), one count of assault in the First Degree, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  

Cooper is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence. 

The DA’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives who assisted with this case.

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*Original Message (8/25/2020)*

Suspect in double shooting that killed 1, critically injured another appears in court

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 32-year-old Thomas Earl Cooper Jr. was charged with intentionally causing the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney and intentionally attempting to cause the death of Masico Walker Jr.

Cooper is charged with one count of murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of assault in the first degree with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm.

This investigation started on July 25, 2020 when the Portland Police Bureau responded to a shooting in the area of Southeast Division Street and Southeast 158th Avenue. When officers arrived, they located two shooting victims. One of the individuals, later identified as Penney, died on scene. Walker survived but is currently paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a gunshot wound.

On August 13, 2020, a Multnomah County grand jury returned an indictment in this case.

On August 22, 2020, the U.S. Marshal’s Oregon Ad Hoc Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the Bend Police Department and the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT), located and arrested Cooper in the 700-block of Northwest 9th Street in Bend, Oregon.

No additional information can be released at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Cooper is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

#MCDA#

CORRECTION: Jury Finds Jared Walter Guilty of 30 Counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy - 05/31/24

CORRECTION: The release has been updated to reflect a conviction of 31 total counts - 30 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree. In addition, one count of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree was dismissed. MCDA regrets the errot. 


Jury Finds Jared Walter Guilty of 30 Counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Jared Weston Walter, 37, for multiple incidents last year where Walter filmed women using the restroom.

The trial took place in front of Judge Andrew Lavin from May 28-30, with Deputy District Attorney Julian Samuels as the prosecutor. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on May 30 after less than 30 minutes of deliberation, finding Walter guilty of 30 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree. In addition, one count of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree was dismissed, and the two theft charges from the indictment will be addressed separately from this case. 

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date in front of Judge Lavin. At sentencing, MCDA will seek the possibility of multiple upward departures, which could enhance the possible sentence for Mr. Walter.

Walter remains in custody in Multnomah County pending sentencing.  

The DA’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office- Transit Division, and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice for their assistance in this case.

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*Original Message (8/11/2023)*

DA Mike Schmidt Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Jared Walter on Theft & Invasion of Personal Privacy Charges

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Jared Weston Walter, 35, on 34 charges:

  • 32 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree
  • One count of Theft in the First Degree
  • One count of Theft in the Second Degree 

On April 20, 2023, Portland Community College (PCC) security officers responded to a call for help from a student who reported her backpack missing. The student said she was using the women’s restroom when someone entered the bathroom and took her backpack off the coat hooks. PCC security was able to review CCTV from the campus that showed a person, later identified as Jared Walter, entering the bathroom and exiting with the student’s backpack. PCC security was able to locate Walter, who was still on campus and had the student’s backpack. In addition to contacting police, PCC excluded Walter from all of its campuses.

Further, between the dates of April 26 and April 30, 2023, Portland Police detectives became aware of a person entering women’s bathrooms in different businesses across Portland. Detectives were able to track the person via CCTV and witness statements. During the investigation, information arose that corroborated Walter as the person entering women’s bathrooms and recording various women while they were using the restroom.  

Upon review of the evidence provided by law enforcement, Deputy District Attorney Julian Samuels presented the case to the Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on August 10.

The DA’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice for their assistance in this case.

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Walter is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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