MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A Clackamas County grand jury has decided a landlord accused of killing his tenant will not be charged with any crimes.
After reviewing the evidence, the grand jury, comprised of seven residents of the county selected at random by a presiding judge, returned a decision called a "Not True Bill."
Under the terms of the grand jury's finding, all pending charges will be dismissed and the defendant, 66-year-old Gerald Lee Miller, will be released from custody.
Miller was facing a charge of first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Clackamas County Senior Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock said the grand jury looked at all the evidence that would be admissible in court and heard from seven witnesses, including Nancy Nhek, who was in the home when the shooting occurred, and Laural Johnson, Miller's daughter.
The grand jury also watched Miller's video interview in which he said he fired in self defense, according to Brock.
Oregon law stipulates that the case can only be resubmitted to the grand jury if new evidence is uncovered and the court grants permission.
On Sunday, Aug. 7, at around 10:30 a.m., Miller called 911 and told the dispatcher he had shot his tenant, 53-year-old Ricky Pineda McKowen. When officers arrived, Miller was cooperative and was taken into custody.
The shooting happened at 13521 Southeast Oatfield Road in Milwaukie.