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MORROW COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELIZABETH A. BALLARD AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCE AGGRAVATED MURDER INDICTMENT

June 12, 2009

Araceli Velasquez Espain will be arraigned on Tuesday, June 16.

Morrow County District Attorney Elizabeth A. Ballard and Attorney General John Kroger today announced that a grand jury has indicted Araceli Velasquez Espain on multiple counts for the death of her infant son.

Espain faces charges of aggravated murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree criminal mistreatment and abandonment of a child.

All persons charged are presumed innocent under our Constitution until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The indictment accused Espain of intentionally killing her baby on June 6.

Espain is scheduled to be arraigned in Morrow County Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 16.

The case is being investigated by the Major Crimes Team, which includes the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Milton Freewater Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Scott Jackson of the Oregon Department of Justice is assisting in the case at the request of District Attorney Ballard.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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