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DA: Grand jury charges two for allegedly brandishing guns at Medford protests

David Westmoreland and Marcella Welch face charges for two separate but similar incidents at several Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 3:31 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2020 3:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two people face charges for allegedly brandishing guns in separate incidents during "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations in Medford earlier this month, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office said on Thursday.

"The incidents were separate from one another, occurring on different dates, but both involved firearms," the DA's office said in a statement.

51-year-old David Westmoreland was arrested on June 1 after he reportedly drew a handgun and pointed it at protesters in downtown Medford. On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Westmoreland on two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and one count of Menacing.


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According to the DA's office, the incident involving Marcella Welch happened during a separate demonstration on June 6. She faces one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and one count of Menacing following the grand jury proceedings.

Both Westmoreland and Welch are scheduled to be arraigned on those charges on August 12 at the Jackson County Circuit Court, the DA's office said.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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