Roseburg machete attack ends in guilty verdict



ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Roseburg man faces more than five years in prison after jurors found him guilty of assault for charging into a Sutherlin man’s home and striking him with a machete.

Raymond Ketchem’s defense attorney said the attack was provoked, and said he was acting in self-defense, the Roseburg News-Review reported ( ).

The incident began in mid-November, when Jonathan Wilkerson burst into Ketchem’s camp trailer in the middle of the night looking for his girlfriend. The next day, the 35-year-old Ketchem came looking for Wilkerson.

Wilkerson was struck on the arm. He testified he was under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol at the time of the attack.

After the attack, Ketchem went into hiding for four days.


Information from: The News-Review,