Madras man charged with murder

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - Montana Silk MarlattA rabbit-hunting trip turned deadly on Sunday, when one member of the party, Montana Silk Marlatt, 24, of Madras, allegedly turned a shotgun on another, shooting and killing Devon Moschetti, 19, also of Madras.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, the Frontier Dispatch center in Condon received a 911 call, at about 1:27 p.m. on April 28, from a male caller who reported that someone had just been shot in the face with a shotgun.

Ten minutes later, a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene on the Crooked River National Grassland, about seven miles south of Madras, and learned from witnesses that Marlatt had fled the scene.

Adkins said that other deputies responded to the scene, where Moschetti had died of his injuries, and pursued the suspect.

Recalling the scene when he arrived, Adkins said it was chaotic. "Their best friend had just been shot; family members were (already) on scene."

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Devon MoschettiMoments later, he got a report from his deputies that they had stopped Marlatt. "They caught him about two miles or so away," said Adkins.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Moschetti and two friends planned to go rabbit hunting on the Grassland. Before heading out, Adkins said, the group met Marlatt, the older brother of one of his friends, and invited him to go with them.

"For unknown reasons, Montana Marlatt intentionally pointed a shotgun at Devon Moschetti and shot him and then fled the scene," he said, noting that the suspect shot the victim more than once.

The State Medical Examiner's Office, in Clackamas, was expected to conduct an autopsy on the victim this week.

Marlatt, who attended school in Madras and Ione, was arrested and charged with murder and first-degree manslaughter. He was arraigned Monday in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, and denied bail.

Moschetti, who graduated from Madras High School in 2012, was a student at Central Oregon Community College. Friends and family members remembered him as "happy," "funny" and "wonderful" on social media.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m., at Sahalee Park.

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