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Inmate Death at Oregon State Penitentiary Determined Homicide; Inmate Suspect in Segregation

August 18, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

On August 17, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., correctional officers at the Oregon State Penitentiary discovered inmate JOSEPH AKINS, age 45, deceased in his C-Block cell. Detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, along with the Marion County District Attorney's Office and Medical Examiner's Office, responded to investigate the death. The penitentiary initiated a modified lockdown while investigators searched the crime scene and interviewed potential witnesses.

As the investigation progressed, it was determined AKINS was the victim of homicide. AKINS next of kin were contacted and notified of his death. On August 18, an autopsy was conducted at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determining AKINS died of inflicted trauma. The manner of death was homicide.

A suspect was identified and an inmate suspect is currently being held in segregation at the penitentiary as the investigation continues. The inmate suspect's name is withheld per direction from the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Any criminal charges will be determined by the District Attorney's office once the investigation is complete.

According to Department of Corrections, AKINS was convicted of one count of murder in Multnomah County in January 2008. His earliest release date was Dec. 15, 2022.

The Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team (HART) was activated to assist in the investigation. Agencies assisting as part of the Major Crime Team included the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, Salem Police Department, members of the Oregon State Police Patrol Division and Forensic Services Division; the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Future news releases regarding this investigation will be provided by the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Questions regarding details of the on-going investigation should be referred to their office.

Questions for Department of Corrections should be directed to Mike Yoder at (503) 562-0050 or Liz Craig at (971) 600-6131.


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