GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Josephine County man who faced a murder charge this morning will likely be free from jail this weekend, no longer the defendant in a murder case.
36-year-old David Wayne Sheldon started the day facing a murder charge for the November beating death of Brandon Robertson. Those charges were amended at an afternoon Josephine County Circuit Court proceeding.
Once changed to two counts of “hindering prosecution," Sheldon pleaded guilty. He’d faced murder and weapon charges as one of three suspects for Robertson’s Thanksgiving week beating death near Kerby.
Thursday’s amended indictment says Levi Tucker and Chase Nelson murdered Robertson. The two new charges assert that Sheldon helped Tucker and Nelson evade apprehension by concealing or destroying evidence in the case, including brass knuckles and clothing.
The Court ordered that Sheldon be released from jail, considering his incarceration as time served for his “guilty” pleas to hindering prosecution.
Sheldon was originally charged with assault after the initial probable cause document for his arrest said he’d held a cell phone as a flashlight that blinded Robertson while Tucker and Nelson beat him. Those charges changed in December when a grand jury indicted him for murder in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon.
Nelson’s next hearing in the case is set for July 15. Tucker has a July 6 hearing date.