- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Washington County jury has found a 19-year-old man guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the sledgehammer death of his great-grandmother at her suburban Portland home.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1QFilL9 ) the jury on Friday rejected aggravated murder and felony murder charges in Joda Cain’s case. The 19-year-old Cain faces 10 years in prison.

Cain’s grandmother, 71-year-old Jacqueline Bell, was killed in October 2013. She had recently gained custody of Cain, who moved from Kansas City to escape gang violence and attend high school.

Cain’s cousin, Micus Ward, is also accused in Bell’s death. His case is pending.

Prosecutors argued Cain planned the murder and helped his cousin carry it out. The defense claimed his cousin killed Bell and Cain tried to stop the attack.

Cain will be sentenced on Oct 6.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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