Teen Convicted in Ore. Slaying
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) _ A teen-ager was convicted Wednesday of helping his half-brother kill a popular lodge owner in a plot to steal the victim’s sport-utility vehicle for a night on the town.
Josh Cain, 19, faces at least 25 years in prison for murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Prosecutors acknowledged Cain didn’t pull the trigger, but said he provided the gun and helped 15-year-old half-brother Trevor Walraven hide the body in last summer’s slaying of Bill Hull, owner of the Black Bar Lodge.
Walraven shot the man once in the top of the head with Cain’s revolver, authorities say.
Defense attorney Bob Abel said there was no physical evidence or conclusive testimony placing Cain on the remote logging road where Hull was killed.
He contended all of the evidence pointed at Walraven, and that Cain’s participation was limited to joy riding in a sport-utility vehicle they found abandoned.
Walraven is to be tried separately.