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Suspect arraigned in Lincoln City murder

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2011

New details have been released in the June 25 murder of a 50-year-old Tigard man, whose body was found on Sunday at a residence in Lincoln City.

Suspect Joseph Anthony Marsala, who is in custody in Lincoln County, appeared Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Pro-Tem Paulette Sanders.

Documents from the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office show that Marsala, 17, of Milwaukie, is charged with the aggravated murder of Darrin Dow. A total of 13 counts include multiple charges of murder, assault and tampering with physical evidence. Marsala was arraigned on those charges during the Wednesday court hearing, where he appeared via closed-circuit video.

The documents allege that Marsala stabbed Dow in the neck and in the stomach with a knife, and also hit him in the head with a garden tool. Marsala faces two counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder, and three counts each of Assault I and Assault II.

In addition, Marsala is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence for trying to conceal the knife and the garden tool, and he is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle for fleeing Lincoln City in Dow’s Cadillac Escalade - that vehicle was later recovered in southeast Portland. Also, Marsala faces a charge of Theft II for taking the victim’s wallet, credit cards and cash valued at $100 or more.

A probable cause affidavit by Lincoln City Police Detective Bud Lane stated that a Portland resident called the Portland Police Bureau and reported that he had seen Marsala assault and kill a man at a home in Lincoln City. According to Lt. Jerry Palmer, of the Lincoln City Police Department, this is when Portland police called Lincoln City to inquire about the matter, prompting the local investigation. Sgt. Brian Eskridge investigated and learned about a home on NE Reef Ave., where he discovered Dow’s body. Also on Sunday, a member of Marsala’s family contacted the Lincoln City Police and reported that the teen had assaulted a man in Lincoln City, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Marsala was arrested in Milwaukie by members of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Although Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branam asked Sanders during Wednesday’s court hearing to not allow bail, Branam did not offer evidence for that request. Sanders set bail at $2 million, which means Marsala would have to post 10 percent, or $200,000, in order to be released from the Lincoln County Juvenile Detention Facility. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 5.

April Bamburg is a reporter with the News-Times. Contact her at 541-265-8571 ext. 222 or abamburg@newportnewstimes.com.

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