KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A man accused of attacking his family members with a hatchet was formally charged with a number of felony crimes before a Grand Jury in Klamath Falls court today. The state now holds 23-year-old Cheney Hardt responsible for the murder of his mother, Julie Hardt.
In all, Cheney Hardt stands accused of one count Murder, two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Assault in the First Degree, and three counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Appearing in court last week via webcam, Cheney Hardt appeared uninterested in having a public defender argue his case—choosing to sign a waiver of his right to legal counsel. However, Judge Andrea Janney overrode his request, after a series of pointed questions designed to gauge whether Hardt understood what he was doing.
Cheney Hardt is the only suspect in a crime that shocked the small gated community of Falcon Heights last week. According to investigators, Cheney is believed to have struck his mother in the head with a hatchet, then struck his father three times in the chest, and attempted to strike his 18-year-old brother before the young man slashed Cheney with a knife, stopping the assault.
Cheney's mother, 51-year-old Julie Hardt, later passed away in the hospital. At last report, 52-year-old Shawn Hardt is still in the hospital, recovering from significant injuries.