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Lemolo Lake suspect was turned over by parents

The Associated Press

ROSEBURG ' The 28-year-old man accused of shooting a couple camping near Lemolo Lake was turned in to police by his adoptive parents, according to court documents.

Samuel Adam Moen Lawson, who also faces a robbery charge, was arrested Aug. 23 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail, authorities said.

Carl and Beverly Lawson of LaPine contacted authorities the day after the Aug. 21 shooting to report their concern that their adopted son Samuel Lawson might have been involved somehow or might have hurt himself, according to the search warrant. They said he had been depressed recently over a breakup with a girl, had lost his job and allegedly been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Noris Lee Hilde, 52, and his wife, Sherl Ann Hilde, 45, were shot while camping in the Umpqua National Forest late last Thursday, police said.

— Police have established no personal link between the suspect and his alleged victims, although Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Curt Strickland said a possible motive was that Lawson may have wanted to steal the Hildes' truck

Sherl Hilde said she and her husband were the only people in Briggs Camp, a former logging camp. She later told medics that the attacker wanted the truck.

Noris Hilde was killed. Sherl Hilde was shot at least once in the chest, relatives said. From her hospital bed at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, she provided eyewitness information that identified Lawson as a suspect.

She told investigators that the couple had set up tents at Briggs Camp earlier that week. When the Hildes returned Thursday afternoon with their trailer, they found Lawson inside, she said.

They asked Lawson to leave and he did, she said. The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. that night, she said.

Lawson's adoptive parents said their son had been staying at their house for the seven weeks prior to the shooting, but had not been seen since Aug. 15. The adoptive parents had been gone for several weeks on a long-haul trucking assignment until then, and returned to find their doors unlocked and several fans turned on, suggesting their son had just stepped out.

He did not return, however, and they said they soon discovered that a rifle was missing, as well as some ammunition.