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Suspect held since shootout with Roseburg police charged with grandfather’s murder

A 24-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday for the 2012 murder of his grandfather, a crime of which he’s been suspected since firefighters found the older man’s charred body in a house fire.

Jonathan Derrick Lackey pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree theft.

He’s been in custody since Dec. 17, 2012, when police say he engaged in a shootout at the Casa Loma Motel in Roseburg with officers who came to question him about the death of Richard Casebeer.

Casebeer, 71, was found dead that morning in his fire-damaged home at 437 S.E. Ramp St. in Roseburg.

Lackey surrendered after a four-hour standoff and was charged with five counts of attempted murder, one count for each Roseburg police officer in the shootout. No one was injured.

Lackey is being held without bail in the Douglas County Jail.

Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said in an interview Wednesday that police recently wrapped up an investigation into Casebeer’s death.

The charges from the Casa Loma shootout, which also include attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another, menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct, have been combined with the murder investigation into a single case.

Lackey, who appeared in front of Douglas County Circuit Judge Randy Garrison, also pleaded not guilty to all other charges, and a jury trial was set for July 15, 2015.

During his hearing, Lackey was appointed Portland-based attorney Katherine Berger and Eugene-based attorney Elizabeth Baker to represent him.

Berger, who is heading the case, declined to comment.

Lackey also faces a one-day trial July 18 on a separate charge of possessing a weapon, a plastic kitchen utensil, while a jail inmate.

On Dec. 17, 2012, Roseburg police came to the Casa Loma Motel on Northeast Stephens Street to question Lackey about the death of his grandfather. Police were investigating the death as a homicide and named Lackey as a person of interest.

Lackey is suspected of breaking two windows and firing 20 to 25 shots at officers. A police lieutenant spent several hours talking to Lackey on the phone to negotiate his surrender.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.


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