Manslaughter charge dropped in Powell hit & run

Manslaughter charge dropped in Powell hit & run

Manslaughter charge dropped in Powell hit & run

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 3:48 PM

PORTLAND -- The suspect in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in Southeast Portland last month will not face a manslaughter charge, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Jay Jenkins, 24, was arraigned in federal court on charges of hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence and hit-and-run.

Jenkins is accused of striking 60-year-old Douglas Miller with his car along Southeast Powell Boulevard at 124th Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Miller died at the scene.

Investigators said Jenkins fled after hitting Miller and then tried to hide evidence of the deadly crash.

Background: Suspect arrested in deadly Powell hit-and-run

Police believe 29-year-old Jerin Crabtree tried to help Jenkins repair the damage to his car, in order to hide the crime. Crabtree was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

Both men will appear in court again on April 10.

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