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Guard waits to hear from Repp

Since his acquittal, he could resign or jump back in and go to work, one officer says

Oregon National Guard officials are awaiting word from Gary Marvin Repp Jr. about whether he will return to work with the battalion in which he served.

A jury found Repp not guilty of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Kerry, whose body was discovered in their home May 4, 2002, just days before he was scheduled to ship out for a peacekeeping mission to Egypt's Sinai region.

Repp never left on that mission and was arrested May 15, 2002, on suspicion of killing his 29-year-old wife.

Repp, a captain in the National Guard, has been listed on Guard records as in confinement since that time, Maj. Chet Cary said.

Cary said that if Repp had been convicted of murder, the Guard would have discharged him immediately.

— With a not-guilty verdict, we'll just treat him like every other soldier, Cary said.

Repp could resign his commission as an officer and be released from all obligation to the Guard or could jump back in and go to work, Cary said.

Repp served as an assistant operations officer, who helps plan training and other operations for local Army National Guard units, Cary said. He led a National Guard firefighting effort during the 2001 Quartz fire south of Medford, according to the 's archives.

Since a jury acquitted Repp Monday afternoon after a 14-day trial and more than four days of deliberation, military officials haven't heard from Repp about his plans for continuing service with the National Guard.

Cary said several members of the unit grew up with Repp and have talked with him since he was released from jail. They said he planned to leave town for several weeks.

Repp and his family weren't available Wednesday for comment on his plans.

Repp was fired from his job as a trainee with the Oregon State Police when he was arrested. The agency has the right to fire employees for any cause within their first year of employment and officials said he had no grounds for being reinstated.

Although Repp was reunited with his 6-year-old son after his acquittal, Kerry Repp's parents have filed for custody of the boy and a hearing on the case is set for next week.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4459, or e-mail