Docs: McMinnville teen tried to clean murder scene

Andrew David Vineyard is 15

Police carry bags of evidence from the McMinnville home where a woman was shot to death, March 9, 2017 (KOIN)
Police carry bags of evidence from the McMinnville home where a woman was shot to death, March 9, 2017 (KOIN)

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — A 15-year-old was formally charged with murder Monday in connection with the death of his father’s girlfriend.

Andrew David Vineyard is being tried as an adult and is being held in a juvenile facility without bail.

Vineyard lived with his dad, John, his dad’s girlfriend, Kimberly Forness, and roommate Ron Spiker. On March 8, Forness was found dead inside their home and Spiker was found injured just outside.

A probable cause statement released Monday showed McMinnville police first came upon Spiker, who went to a nearby residence to report being shot by the teen. Police noted Spiker was shot in the face and hip, documents show.

Kimberly Forness was found dead in her McMinnville home on March 8, 2017. (Facebook photo)
Kimberly Forness was found dead in her McMinnville home on March 8, 2017. (Facebook photo)

Vineyard then called 911 and said “he had just killed [Forness] and shot [Spiker],” according to a police document that also revealed he tried to clean up the scene.

Forness was reportedly wrapped in a blanket on a bed when authorities arrived. She had significant injuries, including a cut to the throat and neck and blunt force trauma to the head and skull.

Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley Berry told KOIN 6 News the evidence shows Vineyard knew what he was doing.

“I think this is a tragic case in all kinds of ways,” Berry said. “Obviously, we have loss of life. Another person’s life has been changed forever, not to mention Mr. Vineyard’s life has been changed forever by his actions. There’s no happiness to be had that we’ve captured somebody who we believe committed these offenses.”

Berry said the case is “tragic on every level.”

Vineyard is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence. Some of the charges could be filed in juvenile court, Berry said.

He is due back in court on March 20.