Grand jury indicts Carbajal on attempted aggravated murder, other charges

A Jackson County grand jury has indicted 19-year-old Miguel Angel Carbajal, of Traver, Calif., on 11 charges stemming from a Tuesday morning drive-by shooting on Beall Lane in Central Point.

The indictment came after grand jury testimony Thursday from seven officers and investigators who worked on the case, Beth Heckert, chief deputy district attorney, said in a news release today.

Based on evidence that Carbajal drove the car from which shots were fired at Erik Lee Dorey and Jennifer Knutson, he was indicted on two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder, both Measure 11 crimes that carry minimum sentences of 10 years and 7.5 years in prison, respectively, upon conviction.

Additional charges include one count of first-degree assault in connection with Dorey's shooting and one count of second-degree assault with Knutson named as the victim.

Carbajal was indicted on additional charges related to the car crash that occurred about eight miles from the shooting scene as he and three other men fled from police. The crash killed Gustavo Santiago, 16, of Central Point.

Those charges include first-degree and second-degree manslaughter, which carry mandatory prison sentences of 10 years and 7.5 years, respectively. He also was indicted on a charge of third-degree assault for injuries to another passenger, Francisco Javier Campos, 19, of Traver, Calif., attempting to elude a police officer and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Heckert said the investigation could lead to additional charges against other occupants in Carbajal's Chevy Impala.

"The investigation is continuing to determine who fired the shots," she said. "It's an investigation that will take time to chase down all the leads."

Even though Carbajal didn't appear to be the shooter, Heckert said that because he was the driver, he was aiding and abetting in the crime.

Heckert said there is no evidence that there was any interaction between the occupants in the Impala and Dorey and Knutson before the shooting.

No firearms were found in Dorey's car, she added.

— Anita Burke and Damian Mann


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