Homeless witnesses to crime
Three homeless people who witnessed a fatal fight must remain in jail as the case moves toward trial, a judge in Oregon has ruled.
must remain in jail, judge says
"When they weren't incarcerated, they weren't easy to find," said Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky.
Carl Bogenschneider, 51, Lynn Bogenschneider, 46, and Timothy Williams, 39, have been lodged in the Jackson County Jail for 10 weeks as material witnesses, earning $7.50 a day.
Their attorneys tried to convince the judge to let them record their testimony and regain their freedom. "We are talking about innocent people being held in jail," said Christine Herbert, a public defender.
The three are the only people who can testify about what happened at a late-night fight at a homeless encampment. One man was found dead after the fight.
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