Day: March 26, 2015

Pearson pleads guilty in murder case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The son accused in the murder of his mom and the attempted murder of his dad has pled guilty. Brett Angus Pearson, 18, pled guilty on Thursday morning to one count of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder with a firearm and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. The charges stemmed from the March 5, 2014 murder of Michelle Pearson and the attempted murder of her husband, Wilfred “Bill” Pearson. The guilty plea was entered in the courtroom of Marion County Circuit Court judge Dale Penn. David Wilson, Marion County deputy district attorney, said the trial against Brett Pearson had been set for Sept. 15 to Oct. 2. The guilty plea means that trial won’t be happening, with sentencing scheduled for Aug. 28. “A lot of times it’s easier on a family to not go through a trial,” Wilson said on Thursday. “There are some details that don’t come out in a change of plea.” Wilson said the sentencing range would be between 30 years and life. At this point, Thursday’s plea has no impact on the other teenager charged in the crime. Brett Pearson’s friend Robert Daniel Miller III, 18, is scheduled to go to trial in November. Wilson said on Thursday’s it is too early to know if Miller will change his plea as well. Both Pearson and...

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Lady Celts return with big power at the plate

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The drawback and the boon to adding three new softball teams to the league this season is that all three are something like powerhouses. “One of the things that it will have an impact on is power ratings. When we have a struggling program somewhere in the league, we can play them and beat them 23-0 and our ranking will drop. When you do that three times, it takes a toll,” said Kevin Wise, head coach of the McNary High School softball program, regarding the smaller league the Lady Celts competed in last season. The three teams added to the ranks of the new Greater Valley Conference -– Forest Grove, McMinnville and West Albany high schools – all made it to the state tournament last year. While the Celtics, Vikings and Grizzlies were all eliminated in the first round, the Bulldogs made it to the quarterfinals in the 5A competition. “The new schools are generally stronger than some of the other teams in our league and we’ll only play each team twice,” Wise said. However, McNary will also have to contend with South Salem High School last year’s 6A state champs. The Lady Celts lost only two seniors to graduation last season, which means the team will return a number of athletes with a bounty of varsity experience. This time around, the...

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