A 40-year-old woman accused in the slaying of her mother's boyfriend shot him in the head after he confronted her about stealing her mother's pistol, according to police.
Amber Ellen Sells, 40, was arraigned Thursday in Josephine County Circuit Court on a charge of murder in the shooting death of her mother's boyfriend, 54-year-old Randy Allen Hummel.
The shooting was reported at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 3378 Placer Road. It was the first homicide of the year in Josephine County.
According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by an investigator from the Oregon State Police, Sells shot Hummel after he confronted her about stealing her mother's pistol.
An investigator said evidence at the scene did not support Sells' version about what happened.
"The victim was shot in the head when he approached the suspect," OSP Detective Bryan Scott wrote. "The suspect has given several conflicting statements regarding how the victim was shot."
Sells is being held without bail pending a likely indictment from a grand jury. In Oregon, murder defendants are usually denied the opportunity to post bail.
At the location of the shooting Thursday, all was quiet on the outside. No officers remained to be seen from the end of a driveway to the home, owned by Jane Martin, Hummel's girlfriend.
Martin's adult son, Nathan, stopped on his way out to go to work, said he had spent the night. He said his "state of mind" was such that he didn't want to talk about what happened.
According to court records, Sells has a minor criminal history that included a trespassing conviction last year at a McDonald's restaurant in Grants Pass and a conviction in 2002 for unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.
Hummel also had a record, including convictions for felony firearms violations.
The homicide was the third shooting this month in rural Josephine County, including a shooting on April 9 at Art's Red Garter Steakhouse in Cave Junction and another shooting April 7 in Wolf Creek.
No arrests have been announced to date in those incidents, both of which put men in the hospital.
It was the first homicide of the year. Last year, there were six homicides, all in rural areas of the county.
— Reporter Shaun Hall contributed to this report; reach Daily Courier City Editor Chris Bristol at 542-474-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org