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.

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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.


KGW reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.

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