Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Followup OR: Conviction of Mentally Ill Man Who Attacked Hunter Overturned

He didn't knowingly and intelligently waive his Miranda rights, and incriminating statements made during the interview should not have been allowed at his March 2015 trial, the court said.

Washington County deputies arrested Norgren in October 2013, saying the 20-year-old was naked when he hit a 58-year-old hunter with a rock and tried to choke him in woods west of Portland.

Despite suffering multiple injuries, the hunter, Jeff McDonald, fought back and held his attacker at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Norgren was lying in a fetal position.
McDonald told The Oregonian/OregonLive after the trial that he asked Norgren during their struggle: "Why are you trying to kill me?" He said Norgren replied, "'Sasquatch kills the hunter.'"

Jurors convicted Norgren of assault and attempted murder, and Washington County Judge Thomas Kohl sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

The case now returns to county court.
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