An Oregon inmate, Jesse Calhoun, has been charged with the murders of three women found in the Portland area under suspicious circumstances last year. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that Calhoun, 39, faces three counts each of second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

Details of the Indictment

Oregon Man Indicted for Murders of Three Women in Portland
The t-shirt shows images of the victims involved in the murders

The charges stem from the deaths of Charity Lynn Perry, 24; Bridget Leanne Webster, 31; and Joanna Speaks, 32. Their bodies were discovered early last year, marking a tragic period of repeated violence within the community. The indictment was delivered by a grand jury, reflecting serious allegations against Calhoun who had been previously incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Ongoing Investigations and Community Impact

While the charges currently pertain to three victims, authorities continue to investigate the deaths of two other women found during the same period. The district attorney, Mike Schmidt, emphasized that their work is far from over, as they strive to bring further clarity and justice to the unsettled cases. The community remains on edge, but the recent charges have been seen as a critical step towards addressing the pervasive fear and anxiety.

Family and Community Reactions

In response to the indictment, community members and family of the victims have expressed a mix of relief and continued concern. Diana Allen, mother of Charity Lynn Perry, acknowledged the efforts of detectives working behind the scenes and stressed the ongoing solidarity among the families affected by these tragedies. Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell described the charges as significant in the pursuit of justice for the victims.