Grand jury: Homicide justified, murder charge to be dropped

Marquis Stephion Taylor was shot September 19

Mehamed Osman Ali and 18-year-old K'Shawn Davon Harris shown in jail booking photos.
Mehamed Osman Ali and 18-year-old K'Shawn Davon Harris shown in jail booking photos.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Richard Jay Anderson, III will not be charged with the murder of Marquis Stephion Taylor.

According to police, on Monday the Multnomah County grand jury reviewed the case against him determined that Anderson was justified in his use of deadly force after being robbed by Taylor and two other young men.

The men, Mehamed Osman Ali and K’Shawn Davon Harris, have indicted Ali and Harris on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

We’ve learned that Anderson and Taylor were involved in a marijuana transaction when Taylor, Ali and Harris robbed Anderson at gunpoint. Anderson fired a shot in self-defense that killed Taylor.

Anderson will be released from custody once his charges are formally dismissed in front of a judge.

At this point, it’s not known when the formal order will be issued.

Anderson has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

The investigation started on September 19 when North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of North Willis Boulevard and Hereford Avenue.

Anderson was arrested Friday October 14. As of 2 p.m. Nov. 8, he remains in custody.

According to court records, Harris was arrested on Oct. 26 by homicide detectives. He was once arrested for DUII, but the case was not prosecuted. Aside from that, he has no known felony criminal history. He reportedly works at Portland International Airport, but details of his specific job are unknown.

According to court records, Ali was also arrested by homicide detectives Oct. 26. He was a student at Roosevelt High School and completed the 11th grade last spring. Details on his current enrollment status are not known.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov.