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Jury finds woman guilty in Newport man’s murder

May 24, 2019

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A jury has found a woman guilty of the 2016 murder of a 71-year-old Newport man by aiding and abetting her boyfriend with the crime.

The Daily Astorian reports the jury in Clatsop County Circuit Court on Thursday also unanimously found Adeena Copell guilty of abuse of a corpse and two counts of unlawful use of a vehicle.

Christian Wilkins pleaded guilty earlier this month to the same charges.

Howard Vinge was beaten to death inside his RV in September 2016. His body was dumped down an embankment east of Astoria.

Prosecutors say Copell and Wilkins lived with Vinge for about two months before his death and that they took his RV and a car.

Prosecutors say they abandoned the RV after it broke down and drove the car to Arizona, where they were arrested.

They will be sentenced in June.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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