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Affidavit: Murder suspects intended to steal marijuana, cash from Salem home

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Murder suspects Denzel Hawhtorne and Eloy Carrera Jr. appeared in court Wednesday. (Image: KPTV) Murder suspects Denzel Hawhtorne and Eloy Carrera Jr. appeared in court Wednesday. (Image: KPTV)
Brett White (Family photo/KPTV) Brett White (Family photo/KPTV)
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New details are emerging in a home robbery that led to the death of a Salem man Monday night, as the two men charged with his murder faced a judge for the first time.

Denzel Hawthorne, 22, and Eloy Carrera Jr., 20, both appeared in a Marion County courtroom Wednesday on charges of murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon – all with a firearm.

Investigators said the men came into Brett White’s home on Jean Street Northeast in Salem on Monday night and planned to rob his son of marijuana. According to a probable cause affidavit, both men admitted they entered the home with the intent to take marijuana, cash or other items. 

Court records state Carrera Jr. was armed with a shotgun and Hawthorne was armed with a pistol. Hawthorne demanded marijuana and both men pointed their guns at the people in the home.

Court documents also show that while they were in the process of taking things – like a wallet – White charged at them and Hawthorne shot him in the head.

White, 44, was taken to the hospital, but later died.

Both suspects were arrested a few hours later at the Budget Inn in Woodburn where the Marion County SWAT team served a search warrant.

Court records show both men admitted their guilt to police.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors said the two men showed some level of planning and came to Oregon armed and looking for drugs.

They are from Michigan and Illinois and have no clear ties to this state.

Prosecutors asked the judge to deny them bail, but the judge set bail for each defendant at $2 million dollars.

They’re due back in court next week.

White was a husband and father of two who was expecting a granddaughter in three weeks.

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