Suspect to be arraigned in 1994 cold case murder

Marvin Lambert, 37, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail Friday, June 21, 2013. He is facing murder charges in the 1994 shooting death of 26-year-old Brian Hill in North Portland. Lambert was indicted by a grand jury last month. (Portland Police Bureau)
Marvin Lambert, 37, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail Friday, June 21, 2013. He is facing murder charges in the 1994 shooting death of 26-year-old Brian Hill in North Portland. Lambert was indicted by a grand jury last month. (Portland Police Bureau)

(KOIN) – A 37-year-old man accused of killing a father of two more than 19 years ago outside the victim’s North Portland home is set to appear in court.

A photo of Brian Hill, who died after being shot in the driveway of his Portland home on May 19, 1994. On May 24, 2013, 37-year-old Marvin Lee Lambert was indicted on murder charges in Hill's death. (Portland Police Bureau)
Brian Hill. (Portland Police Bureau)

Marvin Lee Lambert will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court Monday on one count each of murder and felony murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brian Hill.

On the night of May 19, 1994, Hill was shot in the driveway of his home at 6435 N. Gay Ave., where he resided with his girlfriend and his two children. According to Portland police, he was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He passed away from his injuries almost one month later, on June 16, 1994.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit reopened the investigation in 2010. Working with the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, they identified Lambert as a suspect.

A grand jury indicted Lambert on the murder charges last month.

According to The Oregonian, Lee had been serving time in federal prison since pleading guilty in 2006 to unrelated drug and weapons charges. He was transported to the Multnomah County Jail on Friday.

Portland police said this was the 40th cold case homicide solved since 2004.

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