Jury finds 3 Portland men guilty of murder

Kenny Ray Henry Jr. shown in an undated photo (Credit: Family photo).
Kenny Ray Henry Jr. shown in an undated photo (Credit: Family photo).
The three suspect found guilty are each pictured in jail booking photos. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)
The three suspect found guilty are each pictured in jail booking photos. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three men have been found guilty of murder in the death of a Portland father in May 2012.

A Multnomah County Jury found 25-year-old Xabian Robert Riley, 23-year-old Marcellus Allen and 26-year-old Tracey Christopher Lomax each guilty of one count of murder in the shooting death of Kenny Ray Henry Jr.

All three were sentenced to life in prison. They will not be eligible for parole until after they serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, Senior Deputy District Attorney Glen Banfield said.

The shooting was reported May 9, 2012, in the 14800 block of Northeast Fremont Court. Two Portland police officers who were doing training at the time heard the shots ring out and spotted a vehicle with the three men pull into a nearby apartment complex.

Kenny Ray Henry Jr. shown in an undated photo (Credit: Family photo).
Kenny Ray Henry Jr. shown in an undated photo (Credit: Family photo).

Deputy District Attorney Chris Mascal, who co-prosecuted the case, said that the motive behind the shooting may have been Henry’s connection to the drug world. He was a marijuana seller and had a medical marijuana card, Mascal said.

Two of the suspects have known gang ties. Family members of Henry said he was not in a gang.

Following the shooting, there was a three-hour standoff between police and the suspects at an apartment. Police said the men were inside cleaning and changing clothes. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit eventually located three firearms and several rounds of bullets inside the apartment, witnesses testified.

The three defense attorneys in the case argued the State’s case could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt who was the shooter. They also claimed much of the evidence was circumstantial.

Allen, meanwhile, has another case pending against him for the attempted aggravated murder. Prosecutors argue in court documents that he tried to take steps to have a witness in the murder trial killed.

— Brent Weisberg

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