Man accused in kidnapping, shootout faces murder charge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Woodburn man accused of kidnapping a Gervais 17-year-old and leading law enforcement officers on a chase that ended in an exchange of gunfire is accused of killing the teen. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a grand jury on Thursday indicted Kenneth William Peden III in the death of Oliver “Ollie” Taylor. The grand jury also found the two Silverton police officers and one Marion County Sheriff’s deputy justified in shooting at Peden. Investigators said none of the bullets fired by Sgt. Jonathan Lamoreaux, Officer Braden Andersen or Senior Deputy Ron Cereghino hit Peden or Taylor. It wasn’t immediately known if Peden has a lawyer.