Murder victim’s family to judge: Keep teens in jail

Crime

Two teens, 15 and 16, are being tried as adults

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two teens accused of killing a 65-year-old Portland man appeared in court Friday as the victim’s family told the judge what they want as the case moves forward.

Ricky Malone Sr. was shot to death October 15. Aaron Criswell, 16, and Richard Jerome Rand IV, 15, are being charged as adults under Ballot Measure 11, which allows juveniles 15 and older to be charged with certain felonies to be tried as adults. A 14-year-old suspect was also arrested but has not been identified.

On Friday, Criswell and Rand entered not guilty pleas to murder and robbery.

Malone’s brother and sister told the judge their lives are forever changed by the loss and they want the teens to remain in jail as the case moves along.

“These individuals have a tendency to think they can press a reset button. This is not a video game, this was a life taken and that life was my brother, his uncle, his brother,” said Robert Malone, the victim’s brother. “We will never feel the same.”

Their next scheduled court date is November 22. They are currently being held without bail.

Ricky Malone. (PPB)

What happened

Police officers found Malone after responding to a welfare check about a man lying in the street, according to court documents. Authorities said they found Malone dead from a single shotgun blast to his chest fired at close range.

Officers said a bag of bottles and cans that Malone had been collecting was also lying beside him. His family said Malone liked to collect bottles and cans and had plans to meet a relative at a bottle drop the morning he was killed.

According to probable cause documents, the three teens met up on Oct. 14 at the 14-year-old’s house with plans to commit a home invasion.

Investigators said surveillance video captured the teens near where Malone was killed and connected them to a home invasion on North Midway Avenue that was reported just before 4 a.m. — minutes before the shooting.

A man living at the home said three masked males broke in but he scared them off. He said one of them was wearing a clown mask with long green hair and another was holding a shotgun.

It was after the failed home invasion that the teens allegedly ran into Malone and demanded he give them his car. They shot him when he refused, police said.

The probable cause document shows several hit-and-runs were reported later in the morning involving the same car: a blue Toyota Avalon that belonged to Malone.

Officers said they found the car about 2 miles from where Malone was shot. It bore damage consistent with the reported hit-and-runs, as well as spattered blood on the driver’s side. Officers also found a receipt from a Taco Bell order made about 3.5 hours after Malone was killed. They watched surveillance video from the restaurant and saw Malone’s car being driven by one of the teen suspects.

Officials said the shotgun was recovered the same day in shrubs along North Allegheny Avenue, near the crime scene.

According to court documents, Criswell told investigators the victim was the father of his brother’s girlfriend. He allegedly admitted to shooting the man.

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