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June 06, 2002 00:00



On June 6, 2002, a Multnomah County Grand Jury returned a 31count indictment against 33-year-old Ladon Andre Stephens in connection with the homicide of Melissa Bittler and the sexual assault of 4 other victims. Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Rod Underhill called 25 witnesses before the Grand Jury. The charges include:

9 counts of Aggravated Murder 6 counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder 3 counts of Sodomy in the First Degree 6 counts of Rape in the First Degree 1 count of Kidnap in the First Degree 2 counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree 3 counts of Burglary in the First Degree 1 count of Assault in the Fourth Degree

The investigative team, assembled in the months prior to Stephen’s arrest, is still following up on leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Brooks at (503) 823-0757, Detective Cheryl Kanzler at (503) 823-0865, or Detective Paul Weatheroy at (503) 823-0458. Questions about the Grand Jury process should be directed to Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Rod Underhill at (503) 988-3876.


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