Man charged with beating his father to death
A Washington County man has been charged with murder after investigators say he severely beating his father in early March.
The father, 77, died at the hospital in early June.
On March 2, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 7200 block of Northwest 185th Avenue in unincorporated Washington County.
The caller, Shaun Edwin Maki, 53, reported that his father, Melvin Maki, was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home in which they both lived. When they arrived, deputies found Melvin Maki suffering from severe injuries that were not consistent with self-inflicted wounds. He was transported to a local trauma hospital with critical injuries.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit collected evidence that led them to believe that Shaun Maki had beaten his father with a wooden shovel handle and waited a substantial time before calling 911.
Detectives arrested Shaun Maki that evening for attempted murder and other related charges, and lodged him at the Washington County Jail.
On June 4, Melvin Maki died at a medical facility. The Oregon State Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide.
On Wednesday, July 18, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Shaun Maki for murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail.
Detectives were assisted in their investigation by Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Unit personnel, Beaverton Police officers from the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team, and Oregon State Police Forensics.
The case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney's Office.