Central Oregon Daily▶️Double murder trial underway with opening statements and witness testimony

▶️Double murder trial underway with opening statements and witness testimony

▶️Double murder trial underway with opening statements and witness testimony

▶️Double murder trial underway with opening statements and witness testimony

Opening statements and witnesses take the stand in the trial of Randall Kilby who is charged with murdering two men.

Kilby is accused of killing Jeffrey Taylor and Benjamin Taylor with an axe in a home in southwest Bend two year ago.

He is also accused of killing a third person months before…but that trial has yet to start.

“She looked at me and started mouthing ‘Help me. Help me. Help me’ without making any noise, but I was reading her lips. She was making eye contact with me,” testified Brogan Thomason, who lives across the street from the crime scene.

Witnesses testified Randall Kilby’s mother, Darlene Allen, ran from the home on Granite Drive in southwest Bend seeking help.

“She said to me, ‘Help me. Help me. Call 911. My son has murdered two people,’” testified Eve Dreher.

The prosecution alleges Randall Kilby murdered two men he and his mother shared a home with on March 20, 2021.

Kilby allegedly held his mother hostage for 12 hours before she was able to alert neighbors who called police.

“She witnessed one of the murders by her son Randall, that it was a hatchet or an ax. She further went on to describe to me where the two victims were located,” testified Aaron Alexander, then an officer with the Bend Police Department.

The case is complicated by mental health issues and drug use.

Darlene Allen, the suspect’s mother and a witness to the alleged killings, testified she couldn’t remember things she told police more than two years ago

“That’s all I can tell you. I pretty much stayed to myself and being high,” Allen testified.

The prosecution plans to call more than 20 witnesses and say the case will be built on circumstantial evidence.

The defense says it is up to the state to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Kilby killed Jeffrey and Benjamin Taylor.

This is the first of two trails against Kilby, who is also accused of assaulting Daphne Killian Banks in the same home, three months before the Taylors were murdered.

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