Jesus Carrillo Jr., 25, was arraigned Monday in Pendleton on information of felony murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Heriberto Aparicio Garcia early Saturday morning in Hermiston.
Umatilla District Attorney Dan Primus said he expected to take the case to a grand jury later this week, where he will seek an indictment for murder.
Aparacio, 34, was declared dead at Good Shepherd Medical Center at about 4 a.m. Saturday. Good Shepherd officials notified Hermiston Police, and the Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crime team was asked to begin an investigation.
Hermiston acting Police Chief Jason Edmiston said the shooting occurred after a dispute at Garcias home at 1215 S.W. 11th St. in the Village Park trailer court.
Carrillo was arrested Sunday morning in Hermiston and booked into the Umatilla County Jail in?Pendleton.
Edmiston said the shooting was not gang related, but did say local law enforcement officials are familiar with Carrillo, who has lived in Hermiston and Umatilla.
Court records show Carrillo has arrests going back to at least 2006 and has several convictions, including a felony in 2009 for manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, and felonies in early 2010 of third-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm. He spent a year in prison on those charges and is serving a two-year probation.
It is the second time in a little more than a year that Village Park has been the scene of a suspected homicide.
On Oct. 27, 2010, Maurillo Sanchez was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Hilaria Sanchez.
In June of this year, Sanchez was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and was sentenced to the state hospital in Salem.
Agencies involved in the weekend investigation included the Oregon State Police, Umatilla Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.
Hermiston Detective Bill Osborne is the lead detective on the case.
"The inter-agency cooperation was great," Edmiston said. "This was a very well-executed operation from the get-go. In these economic times, all agencies have to be able to depend on each other. The expertise and the experience of the Oregon State Police was outstanding.
"We also had a district attorney who spent the entire weekend involved in the investigation. That speaks volumes about the kind of guy we have in that position."
It is the second killing in Umatilla County this year. An Irrigon man, Mario Calvillo Ramirez, was fatally beaten in Umatilla on Oct. 18. A Umatilla teen, Theodore Mendoza, has been charged with manslaughter in the case.