2 arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old
The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team arrested two brothers supected of being involved in a shooting that led to the death of 18-year-old male Madras resident Jonathan Bonfield on July 1.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Bonfield at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Sahalee Park in Madras.
Josiah Washington, 19, and Jaokbi Washington, 18, are being held at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
The brothers appeared separately via video in Jefferson County Circuit Court Monday, July 6. Due to COVID-19, seating in the courtroom was limited to the victim's family. Several other people waited in the hallway.
Jakobi Washington appeared first and heard the preliminary charges against him.
Judge Annette Hillman was going to assign a court-appointed attorney, but Jakobi Washington said his family was planning to hire an attorney but could not get hold of one because of the July 4 holiday.
She asked if he would like a court-appointed attorney.
"I want to hire an attorney, most likely," Jakobi Washington said.
Hillman read him his rights and asked if he understood them. That included a revocation of parole or probation if he was under supervision.
"No, I've never been in trouble or nothing," Jakobi Washington said.
District Attorney Steve Leriche requested that he be held without security. He said the grand jury will meet Wednesday and asked that Jakobi Washington be indicted Thursday, July 9.
Hillman told Jakobi Washington he would be held without security.
"So that means I won't be able to go home today, right?" he said.
"That's correct," Hillman said. She told him to let her know on Thursday if he changed his mind about hiring an attorney.
After Jakobi Washington left the room at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, Josiah Washington appeared.
Unlike his brother, Josiah Washington said he did want a court-appointed attorney, and Hillman assigned Reid Kajikawa, of the Deschutes Defenders, to defend him.
Kajikawa waived a reading of the charges and rights against Josiah Washington. He, too, is scheduled to be indicted Thursday, July 9.
The information document explaining the charges and the probable cause affidavit filed by police have been sealed based on a request from Leriche. He said, "Disclosure of contents within the affidavit could jeopardize the ongoing investigation."
Around 11:30 p.m. July 1, Madras Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a shooting on Willies Drive, south of J Street.
They found Bonfield with at least one gunshot wound, according to a press release from Madras Police Sgt. Steve Webb. He was deceased, and law enforcement began investigating, with the assistance of the Tri-County Major Incident Team.
"During the investigation, it was learned that two brothers had been involved in an altercation with the victim, who was known to them," Webb wrote.
The brothers were found on Kenwood Drive, about a quarter-mile from the scene of the shooting. Detectives contacted the brothers while they were conducting surveillance, Webb said, and the response team served a search warrant at the residence.
This story was updated Wednesday, July 8.
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