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June 28, 2013
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Myrtle Creek man guilty of twin killings in Coos County

A Myrtle Creek man has been convicted of murdering two relatives in a family with relationships so complicated that authorities once released a diagram to show their connections.

Timothy Allen Henson, 44, was found guilty Thursday after a three-day bench trial presided over by Coos County Circuit Judge Richard Barron in Coquille.

After ruling Henson was guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, Barron sentenced him to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 60 years.

Henson also was convicted of two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of fourth-degree assault.

The murders occurred Sept. 2, 2012, while Henson and four family members who lived together in Myrtle Creek were on an outing to the coast.

The methamphetamine-fueled trip was capped by Henson shooting to death George Leo Micheaux III, 19, and Milton Chester Leach, 70, along Highway 101 north of Bandon in Coos County.

Both victims, though separated by 51 years in age, had been married to the same woman, Ruth Micheaux, 47.

At the time of his death, George Micheaux was married to Ruth Micheaux and was Henson’s father-in-law.

Henson was married to Ruth Micheaux’s daughter, Vallena Tuell, who was wounded during the gunfire, which broke out inside the group’s car.

The World newspaper of Coos Bay reported that the defense argued Henson acted in self-defense and that his judgment was clouded by methamphetamine.

The judge agreed with prosecutors that the murders were premeditated.

The Coos County District Attorney’s Office said it expected Henson to be turned over sometime in the next week to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Authorities said Leach was terminally ill with cancer, and the group went to the coast to scout for a place to scatter his ashes.

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