Man charged in Benton Co. double-shooting says 'not guilty'
By The Associated Press
Jim Dandee Morris (left) and Julie Ann Thurman (right), booking photos.
BLODGETT, OR (AP) -
An Oregon man accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring another in a rural community west of Corvallis has pleaded not guilty.
Jim Morris is charged with murder in the death of 68-year-old Wesley Newell and attempted murder for the wounding of 46-year-old Cassandra Wilhelm.
The 55-year-old Morris is also charged with attempting to kill two other people - Bragi Thurman and Troy Thurman - at the home in Blodgett, a town of fewer than 100 people.
Morris's girlfriend, 51-year-old Julie Thurman, pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted assault constituting domestic violence. Prosecutors say she tried to injure Bragi and Troy Thurman with a car.
Many details about Monday's shooting have not been released. A probable cause affidavit in the case has been filed under seal.
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