A 23-year-old Culver man is facing manslaughter charges for a June 30 accident that resulted in the death of his 9-month-old daughter.
Brandon Christopher Payne, also known as Brandon Christopher Shaw, was indicted July 19 in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants for the two-vehicle accident, which occurred on U.S. Highway 97, at the junction with the Culver Highway.
According to Oregon State Police reports, Payne, operating a 2012 Ford Escape, was northbound on Highway 97, around 4:55 p.m., and attempted to turn left onto the Culver Highway. Payne's vehicle turned into the path of a large southbound 2015 Ford F-750 truck, operated by Douglas Dean Jr., 41, of Redmond, who attempted an evasive maneuver and struck the Escape on the passenger side, causing the Escape to roll onto its side.
Nine-month-old Hannah Marie-Lynn Payne suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and Brandon Payne was airlifted to St. Charles Bend. His blood alcohol was reportedly 0.276 percent.
A grand jury convened to consider charges on July 12, and a warrant was issued for Payne's arrest on July 14. He was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.
The two manslaughter charges, Class A and Class B felonies, are Measure 11 crimes, which means that if Payne were convicted of either, he would face a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison for the first, or six years and three months for the second. Criminally negligent homicide is also a Class B felony, but not subject to mandatory sentencing, and DUII is a Class A misdemeanor.
Payne was arraigned July 17, before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge George Neilson, who set Payne's security at $50,000. He posted 10 percent of the bail ($5,000) and was released July 18.
Payne, who is represented by Kevin Carolan, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing July 27. No other information about the incident was available.