Conviction in Ore. ranch killing case reversed



LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — A woman convicted of attempted murder in a fight that resulted in two deaths on an Eastern Oregon ranch may get a new trial.

The La Grande Observer reports ( ) that the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled a sheriff’s deputy who testified about memory recall after traumatic events wasn’t an expert, and his testimony shouldn’t have been allowed.

Donna Dunning was convicted of hitting rancher Travis Beach over the head with a rock during a fight in 2007. Authorities said the fight apparently was over cattle.

Authorities say her boyfriend, Shane Huntsman, shot Beach’s father, Dennis. Travis Beach was found to have been justified in killing Huntsman.

Dunning’s lawyer says he’s seeking her release. The prosecution hasn’t commented on its next step.


Information from: The (La Grande) Observer,