Lebanon double murder suspect appears in court

"It's devastating for everybody," said Julie Ryan, a close friend of one of the victims.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 7:31 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 10:18 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- A Lebanon man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and a man she was seeing appeared before a judge Thursday. Family and friends of the two victims also attended.

Brenton Richmond was escorted into courtroom one in chains at about 10:30 a.m. for a pretrial conference at the Linn County Courthouse. He's facing two counts of aggravated murder.

Richmond is accused of brutally killing Tammy Hopper and Erik Jacobs inside Hopper's home in Lebanon around Feb. 7. Investigators said their bodies were found two days later, the same day Richmond was arrested at the Mexican border in San Diego. 

Court documents obtained by the Albany Democrat-Herald said Richmond had threatened to kill Hopper and any man she was seeing.

He pleaded not guilty last month.

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Thursday morning, Richmond sat quietly before the judge, while the state and his defense attorneys worked with the judge to establish timelines for the trial.

Family and friends of both victims sat in the gallery, some wearing matching shirts in honor of their loved one.

"Tammy was a wonderful person," said Julie Ryan, a close friend of Hopper's. "I briefly met Erik and he seemed nice. It's devastating for everybody." She said they're all hoping for a quick trial, "and for this process to be done quickly and fairly, and justice for her and Erik."

The trial date is on hold, while both sides continue to gather evidence. Meanwhile, Richmond is being held without bail at the Linn County Jail.

Another pretrial conference in the case is scheduled for May 7.

The Jacobs' Family set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses, click here for more information. 

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