OSP detective to admit forgery in Pedersen case

Detective David Steele's worked on the case of Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby

David Pedersen, holly grigsby
FILE - Holly Grigsby waits with her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pedersen, during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif. The pairs' murderous crime spree through Washington, Oregon and California, is one of Oregon's top 2011 stories.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Prosecutors say an Oregon State Police detective who investigated the 2011 Northwest killing spree of a pair of white supremacists is expected to plead guilty to charges of forgery and official misconduct.

Paige Clarkson, a deputy district attorney in Marion County, announced the charges Wednesday.

She said they arise from Detective David Steele’s work in the case of Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby, who were convicted after a nine-day rampage that left four people dead: Pedersen’s father and stepmother, an Oregon teenager the couple mistakenly thought was Jewish, and a black man in Northern California.

The judge in the case said Steele, among other things, failed to log evidence and listened to jail calls between Pedersen and his defense team.

Steele is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

In a statement, the Oregon State Police said Steele has been on administrative leave since December 2013 and, with the Department of Justice, are reviewing customs or policies to be in line with industry standards.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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