Teen in adult court on McMinnville murder charges

Andrew Vineyard, 15, faces murder, attempted murder, assault, weapon, tampering charges

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)

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — The McMinnville teen charged with shooting to death his father’s girlfriend made his first appearance in adult court Monday afternoon.

Andrew Vineyard appeared on a video feed in a Yamhill County court to face charges he killed Kimberly Forness and wounded Ron Spiker at the McMinnville home where he lived with them plus his father.

Forness died at the scene. Documents showed she was 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.

Ron Spiker, who was shot in the leg and the face, appeared in Yamhill County court at the arraignment of his accused attacker, 15-year-old Andrew Vineyard, March 20, 2017 (KOIN)
Ron Spiker, who was shot in the leg and the face, appeared in Yamhill County court at the arraignment of his accused attacker, 15-year-old Andrew Vineyard, March 20, 2017 (KOIN)

Spiker had surgery at OHSU to treat his injuries, according to a GoFundMe account. He was shot in the face and hip. The 50-year-old was on crutches as he arrived for the courtroom proceeding. Neither he nor his family spoke with KOIN 6 News.

No plea was entered for the 15-year-old, but the judge ruled there will be no cameras allowed in court during any of the proceedings moving forward.

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’s attorney also filed a motion to gain immediate access to all the prosecution’s materials to expedite the discovery process. That motion was denied because they filed it too close to the time when prosecutors filed charges against the teen.

He 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. His next court appearance is now set for April 20.

“The facts from the investigation led my charging decision,” said Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley Berry. “They led me to believe that, in fact, evidence would show that he knew what he was doing. We have to prove it’s done intentionally. That’s the allegation, and if we didn’t think we had it, we wouldn’t have charged him.”

Police said the teen confessed to the shootings, calling 911 and reporting that he had just killed Forness and shot Spiker.