Detective: Murder suspect's ex-girlfriend feared accused gunman

Ajon Webster accused of killing Adrian Berg in Gresham on Aug. 6

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A Multnomah County judge refused to set bail for a murder defendant after determining the presumption is strong and the proof evident that he killed a 32-year-old man.

Ajon Webster remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center charged with a single count of murder.

Police found Adrian Berg dead on August 6, 2017 at Pat Pfeifer Park in Gresham.

KOIN 6 News recently obtained a copy of the courtroom audio from the November 21 release hearing held before Judge Cheryl A. Albrecht.

Gresham Police Detective Fred Huffman recounted the narrative several witnesses provided to investigators shortly after the homicide occurred.

Multiple witnesses told investigators that there was a family picnic happening at the park. Webster was tipped off that his ex-girlfriend was at the park. The two had recently broken up two week prior to the picnic.

At the time of the shooting, witnesses estimated that there were 10-20 children at the park, along with several adults.

Webster tried to approach his ex-girlfriend to talk but she ran through the park trying to hide from him. Berg eventually stepped up and tried to calm things down, according to Huffman's testimony.

Detectives learned that Webster had been violent with his ex-girlfriend previously.

Witnesses described Webster tried to attack his ex-girlfriend. She later told police that she thought Webster was going to killer her. She was not injured during the Aug. 6 incident.

Berg, along with others, told Webster to leave the park - that the event was a "family event," according to Huffman's testimony.

None of the witnesses police spoke with saw Berg or Webster get into a physical fight.

When the two men separated, Webster reportedly walked back to his vehicle and was seen rummaging through the back, according to Huffman's testimony.

Multiple witnesses told police they saw Webster come back with a silver handgun.

The shooting was heard and witnessed by individuals at the park, many identified Webster as the shooter.

After the shooting, one witness told police that Webster walked back to his car slowly. Another witness recounted that he pointed the gun at other people as if he would shoot them, according to court records.

The first officer on scene began performing medical aid on Berg and paramedics rushed him to the hospital. He died in the ambulance, according to Huffman's testimony.

The state medical examiner's office determined that Berg sustained four gunshot wounds, according to court records.

Multiple witnesses described Webster's vehicle, a Chevy Malibu. Detectives located the vehicle at Webster's Vancouver, Washington apartment and executed a search warrant on the vehicle.

During the search warrant, police seized ammunition and other items associated with firearms and practice shooting. Huffman explained that Webster's apartment manager told investigators that Webster called the officer after the shooting and asked if police were there and asked if they were near his apartment unit.

The United State Marshals Service tracked Webster to California and then Las Vegas and arrested him on August 15, 2017.

Albrecht made her ruling Nov. 24.

A trial date has not been set.


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