Police catch murder suspect
Gavin David Smith, 29, was arraigned June 8, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, on a charge of murder, in connection with the death of his mother, Gayla Smith, 65.
Smith, who appeared by video from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Gayla Smith's body was found June 3, in her home in the 16000 of Southwest Dove Road at Crooked River Ranch, after the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was contacted at 4:13 p.m., to conduct a welfare check at the residence. A deputy investigated, and later obtained a search warrant to enter the residence, where her body was found.
Two days later, on June 5, Gavin Smith became the subject of a manhunt, when Oregon State Police issued an alert around 9 p.m., asking for the public's help in locating Gavin Smith.
According to news reports, an officer in Washington County attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black 2013 Subaru Outback around 3 a.m. June 7. The driver, who turned out to be Gavin Smith, pulled into a Tualatin McDonald's, located on Southwest Boones Ferry Road, but refused to get out.
After a standoff, which lasted about two hours, Smith finally emerged from the vehicle and surrendered. Later that day, he was transferred to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he remains without bail.
Gayla Smith, who worked as a police officer and retired from the Santa Ana Police Department, was working as a home inspector and certified radon analyst for Certified Site Inspections.