Grand jury: No charges in Hoyt Arboretum police shooting

Grand jury: No charges in Hoyt Arboretum police shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. – Friday afternoon the citizens selected for Multnomah County's month-long grand jury process reached their decision on charges against the police officer who shot and killed a homeless man near the Hoyt Arboretum.

After hearing from 28 witnesses, over the course of two days, the grand jury determined that sufficient evidence was not presented to charge Portland Police Officer Jason Walters with a crime in the death of Jack Dale Collins. The grand jury foreman also would have had to sign the indictment against Officer Walters.   

The witnesses and evidence were presented by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, which obtained a court order to record the witness testimony during the grand jury process. A motion to publicly disclose the testimony is expected at the Multnomah County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 7. 

The motion to release the testimony either will be decided by the court at that time or assigned for a hearing at a later date.