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New details come out in Keizer murder case


Pearson (left) and Miller
Pearson (left) and Miller

Of the Keizertimes

A positive has emerged in the past week concerning the murder of a Keizer mother.

On the other hand, disturbing details of the murder were also unveiled.

Michelle Pearson was killed in her Ventura Loop home the night of March 5. Husband Wilfred “Bill” Pearson was also shot and taken to Salem Hospital with gunshot wounds. The couple’s 17-year-old son, Brett Angus Pearson, was arrested about 90 minutes later. Also arrested was Brett’s friend, fellow 17-year-old Keizer male Robert Daniel Miller II.

The two teens, who are being tried as adults, had a second arraignment last Thursday, March 20.

The day before, the family released an update on Bill via the hospital.

“We are grateful for Bill’s continued progress with his recovery,” the statement said. “We’re also thankful for the continued support from our faith community and friends.”

Last Saturday, the news got even better.

“Wilfred ‘Bill’ Pearson was discharged from Salem Hospital on Saturday, March 22,” a short statement from the hospital read.

During last week’s proceedings, Brett Pearson and Miller were arraigned on two counts each of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder with a firearm. Pearson also was handed down aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder charges from a grand jury indictment. Miller was charged with two counts of aggravated murder with a firearm and attempted aggravated murder with a firearm.

According to the indictment, Pearson agreed to pay Miller “money and things of value to unlawfully and intentionally” cause the death of his mom.

In the same criminal act, according to the indictment, Pearson agreed with Miller to cause the death of his parents sometime between Feb. 1 and March 5.

Both suspects are still being held in the Marion County Corrections Facility without bail. Neither entered a plea last week. The next court proceedings for the two are scheduled for April 17.