Former Ore. drug dealer convicted of murdering 2



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury in Portland has convicted a former oxycodone dealer of two counts of aggravated murder in the 2008 deaths of a man and a woman in their suburban Gresham townhouse.

Judge John Wittmayer read the jury’s verdict on Monday to James Charles Tooley.

The Oregonian says the jury will reconvene over the next two or three days to decide whether the 37-year-old should get the death penalty for the deaths of Melinda Beth Kotkins and Anthony Patrick Cooper. They were both in their 20s when they were each shot in the head. Their bodies were found days later.

Jurors could decide to give Tooley a life sentence or life in prison with the possibility of being freed after 30 years.


Information from: The Oregonian,