Hillsboro, Ore -- A sledgehammer may have been used in the Oct. 5 killing of well-known Portland philanthropist Jacqueline Bell.
Court documents released to The Oregonianstate that Bell, 71, who died of blunt-force trauma to the head was found by police wrapped in a sheet with a sledgehammer nearby.
Bell s great-grandson Joda Cain, 17, and his cousin Micus Ward, 19, have been charged with aggravated murder.
Cain and Ward were both staying at Bell s house at the time of her death. In the documents, Cain stated that he walked into Bell's bedroom and found Ward kneeling over Bell's body holding a hammer and a knife. Cain then said he left the room and heard Ward hit Bell.
The two fled the house in Bell's Lexus and were apprehended outside La Grande after a high-speed chase.
The documents stated Ward denied Cain's accusations and said Cain had sent him a text stating that Bell was worth $7 million and he wanted her dead.