Washington County woman guilty of murder in shooting of husband
A Washington County woman who shot and killed her estranged husband more than two years ago has been convicted of murder.
A jury found Tracy Lampron Cloud, 48, guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to a Wednesday statement from the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
Cloud was charged with killing her husband, 62-year-old Philip Louis Cloud, at their home on Northwest Germantown Road in the Bethany area of unincorporated Washington County on Sept. 23, 2019.
Initial reports from the Washington County Sheriff's Office indicated the couple had an argument that ended in gunfire.
Cloud called 9-1-1 to report that she had shot her husband, Sheriff's Office officials said.
She was not immediately arrested after the shooting.
Investigators obtained multiple search warrants for the property, and a forensics team collected evidence on the property for hours after the shooting, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office the next day.
Cloud told investigators the shooting was self-defense after her husband pulled a handgun on her and then she drew a handgun and shot him.
Days later, Sheriff's Office officials said an investigation was ongoing to determine whether the shooting was an act of murder or self-defense.
Philip Cloud had filed for divorce about three months before the shooting, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
An attorney for Philip Cloud told the newspaper Philip Cloud was renting an apartment in Hillsboro at the time of his death, but most of his belongings were still at the 20-acre property he co-owned with his wife.
Detectives quickly grew suspicious of Tracy Cloud's self-defense claim as the investigation unfolded, the District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
"Using information gathered from surveillance cameras around the property, evidence secured from Ms. Cloud's financial records, Philip Cloud's cellphone, and forensic evidence developed through autopsy and evidence collected at the scene, detectives identified inconsistencies with Ms. Cloud's accounting of events," officials said. "The investigation also developed a strong financial incentive for Ms. Cloud to murder her husband."
Cloud was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a handgun in January 2020, four months after the shooting.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 16, officials said.
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