Court records reveal sledgehammer used in slaying of Oregon woman

Newly unsealed court documents in Oregon show a sledgehammer was used in the October slaying of a retired utility company executive.

The records obtained by The Oregonian ( ) reveal 71-year-old Jacqueline Bell of Cedar Mill was killed with a sledgehammer, and that her body was found wrapped in sheets on her bedroom floor.

Bell's great-grandson, 17-year-old Joda Cain, and his cousin, 19-year-old Micus Ward, have been charged with aggravated murder. They pleaded not guilty.

Oregon State Police began pursuing the teens Oct. 5, after they were seen traveling through Eastern Oregon in Bell's Lexus.

Records show investigators found blood in both the driver and passenger sides of the car. Bell was retired from PacifiCorp.

Cedar Mill is a Portland suburb.


Information from: The Oregonian,