Suspect in Hillsboro murder not fit for trial
A man charged with murdering another person less than a block from the Hillsboro Police Department in 2015 is not mentally fit to stand trial, a Washington County judge ruled last week.
The trial of Andrew Guy Moret, 34, was expected to begin Tuesday, Feb. 20, but Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Erwin ruled last week that Moret is not able to assist in his own defense, and will remain at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem for treatment.
Moret is charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of Alonzo Sentel Gregg, 34. If convicted, Moret could face 25 years to life in prison.
Moret has been in the custody of the Oregon State Hospital since 2016. He was initially declared mentally unfit for trial, but last year, after two years of treatment at the Salem hospital, state doctors ruled the Moret was ready for his trial, and he was transported back to the Washington County Jail, in Hillsboro.
But in a competency report filed Feb. 13, state health officials said that Moret had relapsed, and was no longer able to assist in his own defense. Evaluators said Moret's mental health interferes with his ability to rationally understand the charges against him.
Moret will undergo another psychological exam if state hospital officials determine Moret's competency has been restored.
Gregg was killed outside Dandy's Deli, 1075 S.E. Baseline St., in Hillsboro on Sept. 13, 2015. The deli is located next to the Hillsboro Police Department's west precinct.
Moret had worked at the deli for less than a year at the time of Gregg's death and was said to be an acquaintance of Gregg, according to police.
A nightclub next door had closed for the evening and a group of people were outside near Southeast Baseline Street at about 2:20 a.m., when an argument broke out, police said, and Moret allegedly fired several shots from a .45-caliber handgun.
Moret was living at the Washington County Restitution Center in downtown Hillsboro at the time of the killing. Moret was serving time in the minimum-security center for a probation violation, but was permitted to leave the facility for work, then return.
Moret was schedule to be released from that center that day, according to media reports at the time. Prosecutors say Moret returned to the correction's center shortly after the shooting, gathered his belongings and was discharged at 3:41 a.m.
Moret was arrested three days later in Portland.
According to court records, Moret has struggled with mental health issues since his teens, warning his mother at age 17 that he could read people's minds. In his 20s, he told his parents he heard voices and began exhibiting paranoia.
After his 2015 arrest, Moret was taken to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland for two days, where he was required to wear restraints after he assaulted hospital staff and kicked a hole in a wall, according to court records.
Moret was the second Community Corrections Center inmate accused of murder in 2015.
Another inmate, Eric Petersen, was charged with aggravated murder and sexual assault after he left the center and killed his ex-girlfriend, Aimie Zdrantan.
Zdrantan had a restraining order against Petersen at the time of her death. Petersen reportedly told CCC staff he was leaving the facility to search for a job.
Petersen pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence for her murder. Her family has since filed a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against Washington County.
The center made several changes to its policies in the wake of the two incidents. A grand jury ruled that the CCC was "permeating (a) sense of leniency." The facility no longer allows 24-hour passes for its inmates and lengthening the center's orientation period. The center also said it would start monitoring domestic violence and sex offenders with GPS tracking.
By Geoff Pursinger
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