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Grand jury indicts man in double homicide

A man will face first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of a father and son from Northern California on a rural property near Wimer.

A Jackson County grand jury Tuesday charged Joshua Robert Miller, 35, with a string of felony charges that include two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in a Nov. 4 homicide outside Rogue River city limits, according to a press release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s detectives testified during the grand jury hearing, in which Miller was indicted in the homicide of 58-year-old Duane Allen Roork and Roork’s son, 35-year-old Shane Heiwa Roork.

Miller also faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly attempting to kill a third victim identified by the District Attorney’s office as Corey Edward James.

The sheriff’s office said that Miller and the victims knew each other.

The two second-degree murder charges accuse Miller of “unlawfully and intentionally” causing the deaths of the two Roork men, according to documents filed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office in Jackson County Circuit Court. The first-degree murder charges accuse Miller of committing more than one homicide “in the same criminal episode.”

Miller also faces charges of second-degree abuse of a corpse, accusing him of “unlawfully and intentionally carry[ing] away” the bodies of the victims.

Police said in a previous press release that the homicide victims were found roughly half a mile away from the shooting scene.

First- and second-degree murder are relatively new homicide charges on Oregon’s law books. Until September of last year, the crime fitting the charge of second-degree murder would have been classified as “murder,” while most crimes fitting the crime of first-degree murder were classified as “aggravated murder.” Oregon Senate Bill 1013, which went into effect Sept. 29, 2019, severely limited applications to prosecute the crime of aggravated murder — the only Oregon law allowing for capital punishment.

Under Oregon law, murder in the second degree carries a prison sentence of 25 years to life, while murder in the first degree carries a minimum penalty of 30 years without the possibility of parole.

As of Wednesday evening, an arraignment hearing had not been scheduled on the grand jury’s indictment. Miller is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Joshua Robert Miller faces first- and second-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of a father and son. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.