Posted on May 9, 2005

Murder Suspect — An Illegal with Driver’s License, May 9

A 24-year-old Mexican charged with the Oregon murder of a father and the shooting of his 16-year-old son in a home-invasion robbery is an illegal alien with an Oregon driver’s license who has been previously deported from the United States.

Juan Carlos Solis is awaiting trial on 41 counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first degree, along with at least three other suspects in the July 2004 home-invasion robbery of 12 farm workers.

Solis and the other suspects are facing trial for the shooting death of Paco Chavez-Tena and the wounding of his 16-year old in their home west of Hermiston, Ore. The perpetrators were masked and armed.

Others charged in the crime include Jesus Pineda-Cruz, 38, Margarito Morfin, 21, and Ever Alexis Flores, 24.

After shooting Chavez-Tena, 38, and wounding his son, the suspects stole cash and cell phones.