Man jailed in Oregon shooting over Christmas gifts
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland man shot his friend in the leg after accusing him and his girlfriend of stealing his Christmas presents just days before the holiday, the authorities said.
Martin Luther Hartley, 44, pleaded not guilty at his video arraignment Monday afternoon to charges of assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
Officers responded early Sunday to a northeast Portland hospital, where Keytar Donesouda, 31, went for treatment. Donesouda and his girlfriend, Xaykham Chanthavong, told police they were visiting Hartley's trailer late Saturday when their friend, armed with a .22-caliber rifle, accused them of stealing the gifts.
Hartley said he had it all on video and then fired a shot that wounded Donesouda, the couple told investigators.
"Donesouda said that after defendant shot him in the shin, he told Donesouda and Chanthavong to get out of there and go get his presents or he'd kill them," according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Multnomah County prosecutor Amity L. Girt.
Neither police nor Girt described the gifts at the heart of the dispute.
Police went to Hartley's trailer, where he denied knowing anything about a shooting. He told investigators the couple were supposed to bring some methamphetamine to his trailer Saturday afternoon but it didn't pan out, the affidavit states. He then authorized a search of his property, and an officer found a spent .22-caliber casing and an unfired .22-caliber round, police said.
Hartley remained in a Multnomah County jail late Monday. He has yet to be assigned a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 3.
Donesouda has been released from the hospital.