Hillsboro, Ore — A sledgehammer may have been used in the Oct. 5 killing of well-known Portland philanthropist Jacqueline Bell.
Court documents released to The Oregonian state that Bell, 71, who died of blunt-force trauma to the head was found by police wrapped in a sheet with a sledgehammer nearby.
Bell’s great-grandson Joda Cain, 17, and his cousin Micus Ward, 19, have been charged with aggravated murder.
Cain and Ward were both staying at Bell’s house at the time of her death. In the documents, Cain stated that he walked into Bell’s bedroom and found Ward kneeling over Bell’s body holding a hammer and a knife. Cain then said he left the room and heard Ward hit Bell.
The two fled the house in Bell’s Lexus and were apprehended outside La Grande after a high-speed chase.