Oregon Man Shot Dead in Face by Middle-Aged Man; Killer Indicted in Court

A 36-year-old man from Bend was charged with attempted murder and other charges. He is accused of shooting a 56-year-old man in the face two weeks ago near an intersection in northeast Redmond.

A grand jury indicted Darron Jay Reece last Thursday on four felony charges related to the shooting of Lowell Edward Templeton on June 3. The charges include second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, and felon in possession of a firearm. Reece was arraigned before Deschutes County Circuit Judge Beth Bagley.

The charge against Templeton said he was shot with a.40-caliber pistol. Redmond police said the victim was being treated for injuries that could kill them, but they think they will live.

Three days after the killing, on Monday evening, June 3, near the corner of NE Hemlock Avenue and 17th Street, Redmond police arrested Reece. A day after being questioned about his role in the killing, Lt. Eric Beckwith said Reece went to the Prineville Police Department and turned himself in.

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Steve Gunnels, the district attorney, said that Reece also turned in the gun that was reportedly used in the crime. The DA said that both guys lived in RVs, but it wasn’t clear what their relationship was. There was a hearing last week where the prosecutor said Reece admitted to shooting Templeton.

Bagley kept Reece’s bail at $500,000. If he could post 10% of that amount and be freed, the terms set out earlier would still apply. After refusing to show up in court the first time, Reece has now appeared twice by video from jail as per KTVZ News.

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