Sheriff’s Office Arrests Stayton Man for Murder

Posted on March 18, 2019

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on March 16, 2019 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a call from METCOM 911 regarding an assault in the 41600 block of Stayton Scio Road near Stayton. The caller hung up the phone before any additional information could be obtained.

As deputies arrived at the location, they saw a person running into the residence and a person laying in the driveway. Robert Nelson, 74, contacted deputies outside the residence. Robert informed deputies that his grandson, Joshua Elbert Nelson, 22, was the person who ran inside the residence. His son, Timothy Dean Nelson, 50, was laying on the ground. All three Nelsons live at this residence.

Deputies checked Timothy Nelson’s welfare and found he had died as a result of homicidal violence. Deputies attempted to communicate with Joshua Nelson, but he would not respond to their requests. The Linn County Regional SWAT Team was called to the location for assistance. After approximately six hours, Joshua Nelson surrendered to law enforcement. Joshua Nelson was arrested and charged with aggravated murder.

Anyone who saw or had contact with Timothy Nelson or Joshua Nelson on March 16, 2019 is asked to the contact Detective Colin Pyle at (541) 967-3950.

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