Ex-girlfriend arrested in murder of Albany man

More than a month after the murder, the man's ex-girlfriend was arrested in Washington.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 10:42 AM
Updated: Jul 21, 2021 3:34 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – The ex-girlfriend of a man killed near Albany has been arrested for his murder more than a month later in Washington, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.

Charles Mooney, 38, of Albany was found dead on June 2 just before 9 a.m. on Willoway Drive. Tiana Scott, Mooney's younger sister, said he was an ideal older brother to her and her siblings.


A close up of the bullet hole visible in the bottom left of the above picture.

"He struggled like the rest of us but he never stopped fighting the good fight," Scott said. "He would never quit. He wore his heart on his sleeve and you could totally see that. He inspired me, he inspired everyone he came into contact with."

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Investigators reportedly determined that Tennisha Bourne, 34, was involved with the death and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies found Bourne when responding to an unrelated call and arrested her on the warrant. Right now, Bourne is being held in the Pierce County Jail for second-degree murder.

Mooney was living with a couple on Willoway Drive. 

Carol Hoffman said two days before the murder, Bourne threatened Mooney and told him she was going to kill him. Mooney allegedly told a few friends about Bourne’s threats because he was worried something might happen.

On the night of the murder, Hoffman said Mooney went to bed at about 10 p.m.

"It was about two hours later that we heard the noise,” Hoffman said, talking about three loud bangs coming from outside.

Hoffman said they thought someone was beating on their air conditioner.

"We didn't check on him because we didn't think it was coming from that end of the house,” Hoffman said. “We thought it sounded like it was coming right outside from our bedroom window, but it wasn't -- it was actually him being shot to death."

The next morning, Mooney’s boss came to pick him up, but Mooney wasn't answering. That's when Hoffman went into his room and found him lying there cold.

"There was a little blood running out of the corner of his mouth,” Hoffman said. “We didn't even realize that he had been shot till the police made us go outside and I walked out over to that potting bench outside below the window and I saw the bullets laying there."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the murder should contact Detective John Lovik at 541-967-3950.

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