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Jarnagin returned to jail on assault charges

Public safety — Former Newberg resident, found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the 2012 death of his former girlfriends daughter, accused of attacking his current girlfriend in Carlton


After being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in September 2012, Kevin James Jarnagin faces new charges.

Jarnagin, 27, and now living in Carlton, was indicted by a Yamhill County grand jury Dec. 19 on one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and menacing, and two counts of strangulation.

Jarnagin’s girlfriend alleges that on Dec. 14 he threatened to kill her.

“We were arguing and within seconds it got violent,” she wrote in her restraining order application. “Kevin choked me, lifted me up off the floor by my neck, tried biting my pinky finger off, punched me three or four times on top of my skull … He threw me repeatedly, telling me he was gonna’ kill me.”

After the report, Carlton Police Chief Kevin Martinez said Jarnagin was taken in for probation and parole violations Dec. 16 and arrested on assault charges Dec. 17.

“When he was arrested it was on charges of assault 4, related to domestic violence, and strangulation times two,” Martinez said.

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Jarnagin was arraigned Dec. 26 on the indictment.

“He’ll have to decide what he wants to do or not,” Berry said. “He’s currently set for a pre-trial conference hearing Jan. 13. There are a couple of things he could do. The case could be held over longer for further resolution discussion, his lawyer could say they just need more time to decide or he could enter a plea and could go to trial.”

The last time Jarnagin was in the spotlight, he was found guilty and sentenced to 22 months in connection with the 2009 death of his then-girlfriend’s daughter, 7-month-old Aleeha Hardaway. But he received credit for time served while awaiting trial, more than three years, and was released.

Jarnagin is being held on $150,000 bail. Judge Ronald Stone appointed Mark Pihl as Jarnagin’s attorney. The case is being tried by Deputy District Attorney Amanda Dresen.



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