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Marlatt pleads not guilty to murder

Family, friends remember victim


by: HOLLY M. GILL - Devon Moschetti's sister Amy (with cap), her boyfriend Eloy Pacheco (left), and friends Elias Pacheco and Mikayla Collins watch a collection of photos of Devon Moschetti during the celebration of his life at Sahalee Park in Madras on Friday.Family and friends of both the victim and the alleged shooter packed the Jefferson County Circuit Court May 2, for the arraignment of Montana S. Marlatt, 24, of Madras.

Marlatt was charged with murder and first-degree manslaughter in the April 28 shooting death of Devon Moschetti, 19, which occurred at a shooting area on the Crooked River National Grassland south of Madras.

Marlatt, who appeared by video camera from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, was represented by attorney Dylan Potter, of Bend. Potter entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Marlatt on charges of murder and first-degree manslaughter.

Circuit Court Judge Annette Hillman directed that Marlatt remain in jail without bail. His next appearance, for Hillman to rule on two motions regarding evidence preservation, was tentatively scheduled for this week.

Neither District Attorney Steve Leriche nor Potter discussed the case during the arraignment.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - A bouquet of roses marks the area south of Madras where Moschetti was killed on April 28. Montana Marlatt has been charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with the death.According to the arrest affidavit, Moschetti and two 19-year-old friends had decided to go rabbit hunting. The three stopped at Circle K, where Marlatt, the brother of one of the friends, was waiting for a bus. Instead, Marlatt went with them toward the end of South Adams Drive, about seven miles south of Madras, to a shooting area.

When they arrived, Marlatt got out and climbed to the top of a rock wall as the three teens took turns shooting two shotguns and a handgun.

Upon returning to the group, the affidavit stated, Marlatt got the shotgun from one of the others, turned to Moschetti, asked something like, "Who are you?" and fired at him without pausing. As Moschetti fell, Marlatt allegedly shot him a second time.

As Marlatt turned the gun on his brother, his brother pointed a pistol at him and asked what he had done. Marlatt then dropped the shotgun and ran to the southeast.

One of the teens called 911 at about 1:27 p.m. and reported that "someone had just been shot in the face with a shotgun" the reported noted.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Moschetti, 19, and his sister Amy, 20, were close friends.When a deputy arrived on the scene at 1:37 p.m., he reported that the victim was deceased, and a family member and friend were already on the scene.

Other deputies located Marlatt, and he was taken into custody at 2:08 p.m.

A grand jury met and interviewed six people who were at the scene and returned an indictment against Marlatt on April 30, accusing him of one count of murder, and one of first-degree manslaughter — both Measure 11 crimes — for causing the death of Moschetti.

After the May 2 arraignment, family and friends of both the victim and the suspect talked and embraced outside the courtroom.

Commenting on her son's situation, Marlatt's mother, Tammy Rohde, said, "My son is a good boy who got hooked on a bad drug."

Remembering Moschetti

On Friday, May 3, a crowd of 200-300 family members and friends of Devon Moschetti gathered at Sahalee Park for a celebration of his life.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Family and friends of Devon Moschetti, who died April 28, celebrated his life at Sahalee Park in Madras on Friday. Moschetti's mother, Lisa Pierson, is standing at right.His sister, Amy Moschetti, 20, said Devon was a student at Central Oregon Community College, where he was studying auto mechanics.

"He had a really big heart," she said. "Any person he came in contact with, he opened his heart to them."

Her boyfriend, Eloy Pacheco, agreed. "He was like my little brother," he said. "I loved him."

Family members displayed an assortment of photos featuring Devon, and put together a slide show on a computer.

Sloan Bush remembered his cousin's enthusiasm for life. "Devon had a very open mind. He was always super excited to try things," said Bush.

Growing up, the two spent a great deal of time together. "He liked wakeboarding, snowboarding, going to the lake, playing pool, and even working out," said Bush, adding that they both graduated from Madras High School in 2012.




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