Police: Man punched before he was found dead in Corvallis

The body of 50-year-old Stephen Mathews was found Sept. 10

Andre Tucker and Roy Edwards are both accused of assaulting a transient before he was later found dead. October 30, 3016, (BCSO)
Andre Tucker and Roy Edwards are both accused of assaulting a transient before he was later found dead. October 30, 3016, (BCSO)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Two Corvallis men are charged with assaulting a transient man hours before the man’s dead body was discovered in a Corvallis park in September.

The Gazette Times reports that 49-year-old Roy Edwards and 48-year-old Andre Tucker pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges during separate hearings last week in Benton County Circuit Court.

The body of 50-year-old Stephen Mathews was found Sept. 10. Police believe Edwards and Tucker separately punched or hit Mathews before he died. But a Corvallis police investigation wasn’t able to determine whether the assault contributed to his death.

According to probable-cause statements, Edwards punched Mathews in the head multiple times, apparently mistakenly believing that Mathews had exposed himself in front of his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Edwards also assaulted another man. Witnesses also reported seeing Tucker hit Mathews in the face and head.