A man is facing manslaughter charges after turning himself in for the 2019 death of 60-year-old Lavoy Blackledge.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday, Sept. 17, that Alex Delane Alexander, 28, is being charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter, one count of second-degree manslaughter, and one count of assault in the second degree in connection with Blackledge's death.
Alexander is in custody after turning himself in to police.
The homicide investigation began Aug. 21, 2019, when Portland Police Bureau patrol officers found a body on the sidewalk near the intersection of Southwest 21st Avenue and Barbur Boulevard.
A week later, on Aug. 28, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determined Blackledge had died of homicidal violence.
"The determination came after an autopsy and review of additional facts collected by the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail during its initial death investigation," the DA's office stated.
Investigators believe Alexander "caused serious physical injury" to Blackledge and that he "recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, caused the death of Mr. Blackledge."
On Aug. 28, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Alexander and an arrest warrant was issued. Alexander turned himself in to police on Sept. 16. His bail is set at $250,000 for each charge.
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