Coos Bay killing details released

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 11:02 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Coos Bay authorities believe that a man whose body was found behind a warehouse Sunday had been dead since Wednesday night.

The World newspaper in Coos Bay reports (http://bit.ly/13SkM3Q) two suspects appeared in court Monday. Bail was set at $1.5 million each. A grand jury is to convene Thursday to consider murder charges.

Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Gertson and 46-year-old Jesse Longhenry after discovering the body.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier says a third man being held on a parole violation charge is a "person of interest." He didn't identify the man.

An autopsy determined that 34-year-old Jesse Hayes was beaten on the head and strangled. Frasier said the body was covered by trash.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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