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Teen accused of killing great-grandmother charged with murder

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Jodah Cain, Washington County Jail booking photo Jodah Cain, Washington County Jail booking photo
Micus Ward Micus Ward
Jodah Cain and Jacqueline Bell. Jodah Cain and Jacqueline Bell.

A 17-year-old boy accused of killing his 71-year-old great-grandmother is now in the Washington County Jail on charges of aggravated murder.

Jodah Cain had been in custody at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Justice Center in Portland since his arrest Oct. 5. He was booked in the adult jail Tuesday.

His charges are listed as two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of murder.

"He loved her. He loved her. She would give him anything. Why would you kill anybody who would give you anything in the world?" the teens' aunt, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

Deputies say Jodah and his cousin, Micus Ward, 19, killed Jodah's great-grandmother Jacqueline Bell. Deputies found her body in her Cedar Mill home while doing a welfare check the morning of Oct. 5.

An autopsy revealed she died of blunt-force trauma.

Around the same time deputies were at her home, Oregon State Police stopped Bell's car after a high-speed chase that topped 135 mph on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon. Deputies said Jodah and Ward were in the car.

Jodah and Ward are accused of killing Bell and stealing her Lexus. Deputies believe the pair planned to drive to Kansas City, where they both recently lived.

Before Tuesday, Jodah was just facing charges related to the car chase in juvenile court.

"My thing is, you're innocent until proven guilty in a court of law in the United States of America. Just because the charges are out there, that doesn't mean they did it," the teens' aunt said.

Ward made his first appearance in court last week on the charge of murder. Jodah is set to go before a judge Wednesday.

Jodah spent his freshman year at Aloha High School, left the state for his sophomore year, and then returned to the area to attend Sunset High School for his junior year.

Jodah's mother told Kansas City TV station KSHB that she sent her son to Portland to live with her grandmother, saying "He was getting in trouble."

The teen's mother also said Bell sent Ward the plane ticket to come visit his cousin from Kansas City.

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