GLADSTONE -- The woman accused of murdering a Gladstone hair stylist has confessed to police, according to court documents obtained by KGW.
The court documents said that that Susan Campbell, 54, told Oregon State Police she was alone with Debbie Lee Higbeeas she closed the salon on the day of her death. The court documents went on to say that Campbell admitted she was involved in her [Higbee's] death.
Police also said, Campbell admitted to participating in intentionally causing the death of the victim and that investigators have recovered a handgun of the same caliber as one used in Higbee's murder, according to the court documents.
Campbell was scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday and she was being held without bail. She was arrested at her home on Ipswich Street in Gladstone last Friday. Police would only say she is an acquaintance of the victim.
The documents also said that Campbell knew details of the killing that had not been made public.
Background: Gladstone hairdresser death a homicide
Higbee was found dead last Saturday inside a beauty salon, was once married to Gladstone police sergeant Lynne Benton.
According to a report first published in The Oregonian, Sgt. Benton and Higbee took out a marriage license application last October in Clackamas County. Benton, who had earlier changed her middle name to Edward, listed herself as male, the paper reported.
They were married Oct. 28 in a civil ceremony performed by city pro tem Judge Linda G. Beloof, the Oregonian reported. Oregon law only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman, but the clerk's office doesn't require gender documentation, the paper reported.
Higbee owned the salon where she died and had been there for the last 20 years. An outside agency, the Clackamas County Major Crimes team, was investigating the death because of the ties between Benton and the victim.
Anyone with information about the case was asked contact Crime Stoppers at (503) 786-7577.