Keizer teen, friend accused of killing mother, wounding father

Keizer teen, friend accused of killing mother, wounding father

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 11:09 AM

KEIZER, Ore. -- A Keizer woman's son and his friend have been charged in connection with her murder, police said Thursday.

Brett Angus Pearson and Robert Daniel Miller II, both 17, are accused of shooting 44-year old Michelle Yvonne Pearson and her husband, 57-year old Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, Wednesday night.

Police responded just before 11:30 p.m. to an alarm activated inside the couple's home at 4826 Ventura Loop North, according to Deputy Chief Jeffrey Kuhns of the Keizer Police Department.

"Without that alarm that is sounding, right now this might be a double homicide," he said.

Background: Two teens questioned in Keizer homicide

Responding officers found Michelle Pearson dead inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds. Wilfred Pearson was shot and was taken to Salem Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to survive, Kuhns said.

Police said Thursday both teens fired a weapon in the murder. The suspects left the house before police arrived. Brett Pearson was pulled over and taken into custody about 90 minutes later.

Investigators learned that Miller had checked into a Salem motel, where he was found and taken into custody, Kuhns said.

The couple attended St. Edward Catholic Church. Father Gary Zurr said Michelle Pearson was on the pastoral council.

"Her death is like a death in the family," he said, "I've been here 10 years and she's been here the whole time."

A family friend told KGW the news has shocked neighbors and relatives.

"I've known them for 10 years, just really nice people," said Theresa Whisenhunt. "Really great family. I don't know what would have brought this on."

However, friends of Brett Pearson said he made some disturbing Facebook posts on Wednesday evening, including the message shown below.

Both suspects were jailed on charges of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They will be tried as adults under Measure 11.

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