AZALEA, Ore. (KOIN) – Prosecutors have filed charges against an accused double murderer.
Travis Bean is being held at the Douglas County Jail on two counts of murder.
According to court records, Bean killed Larry Porter and Deborah Perry on September 3 inside their residence in the 800 block of Quines Creek.
A probable cause affidavit explains what investigators believe happened:
On September 3, dispatchers took a 911 call from Perry around 8:30 p.m. reporting someone came into her residence and sprayed her and her friend with “an unknown substance.” While dispatchers were on the phone, they could hear gunshots.
Perry was breathing heavily and was trying to talk quietly to dispatchers.
“You could hear more gunshots and Perry never spoke with the dispatcher again,” the affidavit said.
A deputy was near the residence when the call for help came in. As the deputy arrived in the neighborhood, a white vehicle was seen leaving the area without headlights on. The driver was identified as Bean.
“During the traffic stop, [Bean] was patted down and found to have cans of self-defense spray.” The deputy wrote that he believed the cans were pepper spray. Bean also had a stun gun.
Police saw dried blood on Bean’s hand as he was transported back to the detectives’ office for questioning.
Investigators learned that Porter was Bean’s landlord.
“[Bean] said things have not been going well with his landlord…”
According to court records, Perry had recent moved in with Porter and there had been fights between Perry, Porter and Bean.
“[Bean] said that [Porter]…is a school teacher for Riddle Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher.” But David Riddle, the superintendent for the Riddle School District, said Perry had interviewed for a job there and agreed to be a substitute teacher, but hadn’t yet taught at the school.
When detectives executed a search warrant at the residence where the homicide happened, Perry was found dead inside the closet just inside the front door and Porter was found dead just inside the back door.
“Both had several gunshot wounds to the chest area.”
Detectives located several .25 caliber gun shell casings. A .22 caliber rifle was found in the van Bean was driving. Records show that detectives also found a box for a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol of Bean’s trailer.
Azalea, Ore. is about 3.5 hours south of Portland.