1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 05, 2007 00:00
This morning, 30-year-old Charles Deangelos Jenkins pled guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree in connection with the 1997 shooting death of Thomas Henry Graham. On November 28, 1997, Graham was standing on the corner on North Albina Avenue and North Killingsworth Street when he was shot multiple times by several suspects on bicycles. Shortly after the shooting detectives detained several subjects including Jenkins and 29-year-old Laquandre Taylor. But the case was eventually suspended because witnesses refused to come forward.
In 2006, the Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation when witnesses finally agreed to cooperate. Detectives learned that the suspects, who were upset about recent attacks by rival gangs, decided to shoot someone they believed was a Crip gang member. Graham was chosen at random because the suspects believed he was affiliated with a gang. Graham had associated with gangs in the past but detectives do not believe he was an active gang member at the time he was killed.
Since the case was reopened in 2006, 32-year-old John Cory Brown and Taylor were both arrested and pled guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree in connection with the investigation. Jenkins is the final suspect to face trial for Graham’s death.
The Cold Case Unit continues to investigate approximately 270 unsolved homicides that have occurred in the past 30 years. Investigators believe many of the cases would be solved if witnesses would agree to cooperate with the investigation.
Sgt. Pete Simpson