By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer teen was arrested early Thursday morning for murdering his mom and attempting to murder his father.
Brett Angus Pearson, 17, was arrested around 1 a.m. March 6, less than two hours after the double shooting at his family’s house at 4826 Ventura Loop North. A second 17-year-old Keizer male, Robert Daniel Miller II, was later arrested as well.
Officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to the house around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and found the deceased body of Brett’s mother, 44-year-old Michelle Yvonne Pearson. Brett’s father, 57-year-old Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, was also shot and transported to Salem Hospital with “serious gunshot injuries.” He underwent treatment Thursday morning and is expected to survive.
Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said an alarm at the residence was activated.
“While enroute to the location, officers learned there was a male subject inside the residence who reported he had been shot,” Kuhns said Thursday afternoon.
When officers entered the house, they located the body of Michelle Pearson.
“It appears Michelle Pearson died as a result of being shot,” Kuhns said, noting the exact cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Kuhns didn’t specify how many times she had been shot, or by whom.
Officers then located Michelle’s husband, Bill.
“He, too, received serious gunshot injuries,” Kuhns said.
Brett Pearson and Miller, his friend, were identified as the two suspects. Both left the scene before officers arrived.
Kuhns said members of the Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office spotted the suspect vehicle on River Road around 1 a.m. Officers stopped the vehicle at River Road North and Juedes Avenue North.
“Officers made contact with Brett Pearson, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, and took him into custody at that time without incident,” Kuhns said.
Kuhns noted officers learned Miller had checked into a Salem hotel and arrested him there, also without incident. No other suspects are being sought.
Earlier on Thursday, Kuhns had indicated investigators would be at the Ventura Loop home most of the day Thursday. The crime scene was taped off Thursday morning, with several police vehicles in front of the house.
“No information about possible motive or other details about this incident are being released,” Kuhns said. “Further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office as they deem appropriate.”
The two teens are at the Marion County Correctional Facility in Salem. Each was arrested on one count each of murder, attempt to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Those crimes are Ballot Measure 11 offenses, meaning they will be charged as adults in Marion County Circuit Court.
Both will be arraigned Friday, March 7 at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.
KPD personnel are being assisted by members of the Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone having any information about this incident or the subjects involved is asked to contact KPD detective Ben Howden at 503-390-3713 ext. 3525 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.