Gresham man accused of killing wife could get death penalty

Gresham man accused of killing wife could get death penalty

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 12:52 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The man accused of murdering his estranged wife and kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter in Gresham earlier this month has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 counts, including aggravated murder with a firearm.

The aggravated murder charge could lead to the death penalty.

Joshua Cavett, 36, was accused of shooting 27-year-old Jessie Cavett in the head just before noon on October 13. He also allegedly kidnapped the couple’s daughter, spurring an Amber Alert.

Joshua Cavett was arrested later that evening and his daughter was found safe.

Background: Mother in Amber Alert shooting has died

He was charged Tuesday morning with three counts each of aggravated murder, first-degree burglary and felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with custodial interference, murder, unlawful use of a firearm and felon in possession of body armor.

Cavett was convicted of felony third-degree assault in Sept. 2007.

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Prosecutors argued in the indictment that Cavett intentionally murdered his estranged wife during the course of a burglary. They also alleged that he knowingly and unlawfully took his daughter from her mother with "the intent to hold her for a protracted period of time."

Cavett was held without bail and he postponed his plea as he awaits a new attorney. A trial date was scheduled for Dec. 4.

 

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KGW reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.

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