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On Friday, September 14th, a jury acquitted 32-year-old Demarco Herbert Streeter on the charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stemmed from a November 2016 shooting that left 29-year-old Harry Brogdon, dead in his parked car on the 18500 block of Stephens Circle in Gresham.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Streeter was angry with Brogdon because Brogdon was dating Streeter’s ex-girlfriend. Streeter’s defense attorney, John Gutbezahl, contended to the jury that Brogdon was the aggressor instead; showing up to the meeting with Streeter with two guns, and shooting at Streeter first. Mr. Gutbezhal further asserted that Brogdon shot Streeter multiple times, and that in response to being shot Streeter reached into Brogdon’s car and tried to grab the guns from Brogdon, in order to stop Brogdon from shooting him. It was during this struggle for control over the guns, the defense maintained, that one of the guns went off and killed Brogdon. The prosecution insisted that Brogdon never shot at Streeter, and that Streeter was the aggressor. Streeter fled the scene, but the police arrested him several months later in Vancouver, Washington.

Despite being found not guilty on the charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon, the jury found Streeter guilty of felon in possession of a firearm. Streeter has multiple felony convictions on his record, including an attempted murder conviction from 2004. Streeter faces around two to five years in prison from the felon in possession conviction at his upcoming sentencing hearing in October, although he will get credit for the year and a half he has already served in prison awaiting trial.

Ryan Scott, a defense attorney, who wrote some of the motions for the defense in the lead up to the trial, said that “this was a case that never should have gone to trial.” Mr. Scott pointed to the bullet fragment or piece of shrapnel found in Streeter’s leg, as well as the blood in the vehicle that Streeter fled the scene in, as evidence that Brogdon shot Streeter.

Despite the good news for Streeter on this case, he faces more legal difficulties on the horizon, as he has been indicted in a different case on allegations of compelling and promoting prostitution. The trial date for these charges has not been set yet.

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