Keizer man pleads guilty to murder for Gervais man's death
A Keizer man pleaded guilty on Sept. 29 to the murder of a Gervais man who died last November.
Darnell Edward Harris, 27, pleaded guilty to murder along with solicitation of murder and tampering with a witness. He was accused of attempting to hire someone to kill one of the witnesses and of attempting to induce another witness to withhold testimony in the murder case.
Harris was accused of murder last year after investigators determined a car crash victim wasn't killed in the crash, but died as a result of stab wounds.
Andrew Ramon, 32, of Gervais, was killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 28 in Salem. He was found in his car — a maroon 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer — which investigators said Ramon had crashed into a tree at the intersection of Liberty and Superior streets in Salem.
Ramon was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy conducted soon after Ramon's death determined that the cause of death was stab wounds.
Investigators determined that Harris had been involved in an altercation with Ramon the night of his death. According to investigators' allegations, Harris approached Ramon's car after the crash and fatally stabbed Ramon while he was still behind the wheel of the Trail Blazer.
In March this year, Harris was also indicted on counts of solicitation to commit aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and tampering with a witness.
According to court records, in January 2017, Harris solicited another person to kill one of the witnesses in the murder trial. He was also accused of attempting to induce another witness to unlawfully withhold testimony.
Harris will have a sentencing hearing on Oct. 17 at 1:15 p.m.
Murder is an Oregon Measure 11 crime with a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.
Ramon, who went by the nickname Smurf, was born in Salem and raised in Gervais. According to his obituary, he loved music, getting tattoos and playing basketball. He got married in 2010 and had begun his own family in Gervais.
He worked at Chemeketa Community College as a custodian and was a middle school wrestling coach. He also volunteered as a youth basketball coach.