PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has refused to indict an Eastern Oregon man in a killing that investigators concluded was likely self-defense during a robbery attempt.
Investigators said 25-year-old Daniel Leonard Dechand of Hermiston died Feb. 4 of gunshot wounds, and 22-year-old Timothy Allen Kelly of Irrigon called a narcotics officer six days later to surrender.
The Umatilla county district attorney, Daniel Primus, said the grand jury heard the case Tuesday.
Primus says in a statement that Kelly told investigators he fired after Dechand reached under a vehicle seat as if to grab a weapon he claimed to have.
The prosecutor says there was an eyewitness, and substantial evidence supported the self-defense account.
Primus said Wednesday the robbery attempt involved a backpack.