- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County prosecutors filed murder and arson charges Wednesday against a 42-year-old Eugene man accused of killing two acquaintances and setting fire to their rural home at Creswell.

Eugene Merton Whitehall could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1rOtOgi ) he did not enter a plea Wednesday at his arraignment in Lane County Circuit Court but is expected back in court next week after a grand jury reviews evidence in the case.

Sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Harrold says investigators suspect Whitehall killed 65-year-old Dennis Michael Kelley and 69-year-old Carl Robb McFarland. Their remains were found in the July 16 fire.

Whitehall was provided room and board while working on Kelley’s pig farm on the property.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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