A Hermiston man is in critical condition in a Spokane hospital after a Wednesday assault.
Witnesses told the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office that David Wayne Newton, 53, and Lloyd Allan Terpening, 54, from Irrigon were in a fight Jan. 20 at a commercial property at 81252 Highway 395, just south of the Hermiston Super Oval racetrack.
Newton sustained a serious head injury in the fight and was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, by his daughter and later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, for treatment.
Newton’s condition remains “critical,” according to the hospital as of Friday at 2 p.m.
Terpening was located by police Friday afternoon, according to a release from Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan. It was not immediately known if he has been charged with any crimes.
The assault was not reported to police until the owner of the property arrived Thursday morning to find blood inside the building. The property owner said Newton and Terpening were living at the site while they worked to clean and clear debris.
Almost two years ago, Newton provided key information that cleared a man of murder in a fatal shooting that also took place north of Hermiston. On Feb. 4, 2014, Newton drove Daniel Dechand to Good Shepherd after he was shot twice in a vehicle on Sunshine Lane. Dechand died from his injuries within an hour of arriving.
Timothy Kelly was arrested and charged with murder. Kelly was later cleared by a Umatilla County grand jury, who decided he acted in self defense. Newton told police that Dechand was trying to rob Kelly.
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the assault. Contact the sheriff’s office at 541-966-3601 if you have any information about this case.