Grand jury to consider Ore. double homicide

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SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) -- A 50-year-old Seaside, Ore., man accused of fatally bludgeoning his ex-wife and her male friend with an aluminum baseball bat has made an initial appearance in Clatsop County Circuit Court.

The Daily Astorian reports (http://is.gd/nm5NSE ) that Marcus Foster's next court appearance is set for May 15. Arrested for investigation of aggravated murder, he appeared in court Monday via closed circuit TV from the county jail. He's being held without bail. A grand jury is set to consider the case later this week.

Autopsies show that 53-year-old Laura Foster and 53-year-old Guy Phillips died last Thursday of repeated blows to the head. Police believe Phillips moved to Seaside from the Portland area on May 1. Authorities describe him as a longtime friend of Laura Foster.

County District Attorney Josh Marquis declined to comment on a motive.

Investigators say the Fosters were divorced but shared a home.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com