- Associated Press - Friday, October 13, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of a man whose body was found behind the wheel of a crashed SUV.

The Statesman Journal reports 27-year-old Darnell Harris of Keizer will be sentenced Tuesday.

Salem police found the victim - 32-year-old Andrew Ramon of Gervais - in a Chevrolet Trailblazer that struck a tree Nov. 28. Initially thought to be a crash victim, an autopsy revealed Ramon had been stabbed multiple times.

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Investigators said Harris stabbed Ramon after the crash, though they have not disclosed how he knew the vehicle had hit a tree. Family members said Harris ran Ramon off the road, got into the SUV and stabbed him.

In addition to murder, Harris pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness and solicitation to commit murder. Authorities said he wanted a fellow Marion County jail inmate to kill a witness who testified before a grand jury.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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