Published on April 10th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Portland woman in custody accused of solicitation of murder, attempted murder
A 24-year-old woman has been accused of soliciting fellow jail inmates in Multnomah County to arrange for a third-party to kill witnesses to her pending robbery case, according to court records.
A Multnomah County grand jury this month indicted Hailey Ann Melbourne on eight counts of solicitation of aggravated murder and four counts of attempted aggravated murder. She pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.
Melbourne has robbery charges pending against her stemming from a June 29 incident at a Portland hotel.
Melbourne is accused of promising to pay hired killers to eliminate the witnesses to her robbery case. The indictment alleges she tried to get fellow inmates to arrange for someone on the outside to commit the crimes.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Melbourne and an alleged accomplice robbed another couple who were living at the same hotel. Melbourne, armed with a knife, and her co-defendant Jesse C. Murr, armed with a pistol, ordered the other couple into their room’s bathroom and stole a large amount of the couple’s personal property, according to the affidavit.
Murr threatened the victims that if they told anyone about the crime, Murr would go after their kids, authorities said.
The victimized couple delayed calling authorities until July 4, when Murr pointed a gun at one of them on the street, the affidavit said.
Melbourne’s alleged solicitation to fellow inmates to knock off witnesses to her crime occurred on Nov. 8, about a month after her arrest in the robbery case, according to court records.
Melbourne has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree robbery and six counts of second-degree robbery.
Murr, 28, has pleaded not guilty to multiple first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery charges and felon in possession of a firearm.
Source: oregonlive.com “Portland woman in custody accused of solicitation of murder, attempted murder,” April 10, 2013.