Material witness indicted

Campos has been held since Nov. 1 drive-by shooting; one suspect remains on the loose

A California teenager held in jail for 34 days as a material witness in a drive-by shooting was indicted Thursday on charges he aided in the crime.

Francisco Javier Campos, 19, of Traver, Calif., now faces two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and several other charges stemming from the Nov. 1 shooting on Beall Lane in Central Point.

The shots were fired from a Chevrolet Impala into an Isuzu driven by Erik Lee Dorey, 22, of Gold Hill. Dorey was struck in the jaw and seriously injured. His girlfriend, Jennifer Knutson, 19, received minor injuries from shrapnel and broken glass.

Authorities said Campos was one of four people in the Impala, but they have yet to determine who fired the shots, said Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert.

The conspiracy charges against Campos allege he "had an agreement to shoot," Heckert said.

"For the conspiracy charges, we don't have to prove he, in fact, is the shooter," she said.

A Jackson County grand jury on Thursday also indicted Campos on two charges of conspiracy to commit murder, two charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

Conspiracy to commit aggravated murder carries a minimum sentence of 10 years upon conviction under Oregon minimum-sentencing laws.

Heckert would not discuss details of the case but said the investigation led authorities to believe they had enough evidence to charge Campos, she said.

Miguel Angel Carbajal, 19, of Dinuba, Calif., whom authorities identified as the driver of the Impala, faces two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder, among other charges.

Heckert said Carbajal did not appear to be the shooter but that he aided and abetted in the crime.

A passenger in the Impala, 16-year-old Gustavo Santiago of Central Point, died when the Impala crashed while the suspects fled police. The third passenger, 20-year-old Gabriel Perez of Medford, fled the crash scene and was still at large Thursday. Perez is a registered sex offender and has been identified by police as a known gang member.

Campos has been in jail as a material witness since Nov. 4 because at the time he was considered a potential flight risk, jail records show. He was paid $7.50 a day while incarcerated as a material witness.


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